Vortrag 25.01.2022 - 08.02.2022, 15:00 Uhr - 16:30 Uhr, digital talk, via zoom
The purpose of this talk will be to discuss ongoing sociolinguistic change in the capital of Ireland, Dublin. For many reasons speech in Dublin has changed and is continuing to change, evolving into new forms which are different from traditional ones, but also adopting features from other varieties in the anglophone world, especially from North America. The motivation for these changes can be divided into two.
Firstly, there is the linguistic dissociation practised by young urbanites, maximising the phonetic distance between their speech and that of the group which they were dissociating themselves from (community-internal change going back to the late 1990s).
Secondly, we have the more recent adoption of features from North American English by young, non-local speakers.
This talk will trace the development of these changes, offers examples to illustrate contemporary young persons’ speech and discuss these shifts in the context of sociolinguistically motivated language change.