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Language change vs. stability in conservative language communities. A case study of Icelandic.

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Title: Language change vs. stability in conservative language communities. A case study of Icelandic.
Authors: Friðriksson, Finnur
Issue Date: 19-Nov-2008
University: Göteborgs universitet. Humanistiska fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Arts
Institution: Institutionen för lingvistik
Date of Defence: 2008-12-19
Disputation: Fredagen den 19 december 2008, kl. 9.15, Lilla Hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Series/Report no.: Gothenburg monographs in linguistics
Keywords: language stability, attitudes to language, linguistic nationalism, language planning, social networks, Icelandic, ‘dative sickness’, case inflections, ‘new passive’, ‘am-to-frenzy’
Abstract: This dissertation is a study in language stability. Icelandic, which is regarded by many as a prime example of a stable language, is chosen as a vehicle for an examination of this field. A study, which involves a number of alleged ongoing changes in modern Icelandic, is conducted in order to determine whether or not the language can still be characterized as stable and, if the answer is positive, to identify the conditions which support this stability. The data used, which have been collected fr... more
ISBN: 978-91-977196-3-6
ISSN: 0346-6248
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