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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2014 01:42 am
Hi,

I would like to ask you about language/dialect shift.

How language/dialect shift is related to tribal association or tribal identity? I don't understand that. Could you provide me with some examples in order to understand that.

Thank you,
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2014 06:41 am
@white rose,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication_accommodation_theory#Convergence
http://www.putlearningfirst.com/language/04change/differences.html
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2014 09:08 am
@fresco,
Thank you for your reply, sir.

Just to be sure if I understand it. So, if we have two dialects A and B from two tribes A and B, and people from the A tribe shifts to the tribe's dialect B, in this case we can say that language shift is related to tribal association, isn't it?
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2014 11:14 am
@white rose,
As I understand it the shift is usually in the direction of "social expedience". I assume what you mean by the term "tribal association" is that a socially dominant tribe absorbs another tribe such that the lesser tribe adopts the speech habits of the dominant one. In "class terms" rather than "tribal terms" a good example is the former trend towards RP (Southern/upper class/Oxford English) over regional (working class) dialects adopted by those wishing to be "upwardly mobile".

For a historical/tribal discussion I suggest you research "isogloss" which involves territorial dialect boundaries associated with historical conflicts between cultures.
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2014 11:21 am
@fresco,
I think I got it. I will see that.

Thank you so much.
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