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Sociodemographic and Attitudinal Effects on Dialect Speakers’ Articulation of the Standard Language: Evidence from German-Speaking Switzerland


Steiner, Carina; Studer-Joho, Dieter; Lanthemann, Corinne; Büchler, Andrin; Leemann, Adrian (2023). Sociodemographic and Attitudinal Effects on Dialect Speakers’ Articulation of the Standard Language: Evidence from German-Speaking Switzerland. In: INTERSPEECH 2023, Dublin, Ireland, 20 August 2023 - 24 August 2023. ISCA - International Speech Communication Association, 3542-3546.

Abstract

In Switzerland, the way of speaking Standard German is subject to heated debates on the extent to which speakers phonetically mark their dialectal origin. However, there is little evidence of factors influencing the articulation of the standard language. This paper focuses on two variables (/ç/ and /k/) which may indicate the degree of dialect- vs. norm-oriented articulation of the standard. We analyzed data from 1,000 speakers from 125 localities using auditory coding and acoustic measures. Besides sociodemographic factors, our models suggested influences of language attitudes and political leaning: less favorable attitudes to the standard language and a right-leaning orientation were associated with higher rates of dialectal articulation of the standard. These findings contribute to our understanding of the links between attitudinal factors and speech, suggesting that phonetic features may be indexical of local dialect identities or political positioning.

Abstract

In Switzerland, the way of speaking Standard German is subject to heated debates on the extent to which speakers phonetically mark their dialectal origin. However, there is little evidence of factors influencing the articulation of the standard language. This paper focuses on two variables (/ç/ and /k/) which may indicate the degree of dialect- vs. norm-oriented articulation of the standard. We analyzed data from 1,000 speakers from 125 localities using auditory coding and acoustic measures. Besides sociodemographic factors, our models suggested influences of language attitudes and political leaning: less favorable attitudes to the standard language and a right-leaning orientation were associated with higher rates of dialectal articulation of the standard. These findings contribute to our understanding of the links between attitudinal factors and speech, suggesting that phonetic features may be indexical of local dialect identities or political positioning.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:410 Linguistics
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Physical Sciences > Human-Computer Interaction
Physical Sciences > Signal Processing
Physical Sciences > Software
Physical Sciences > Modeling and Simulation
Uncontrolled Keywords:Swiss Standard German, center of gravity, sociophonetics, attitudes, political leaning
Language:English
Event End Date:24 August 2023
Deposited On:17 Feb 2024 11:10
Last Modified:12 Mar 2024 13:20
Publisher:ISCA - International Speech Communication Association
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2023-1414
Official URL:https://www.isca-archive.org/interspeech_2023/steiner23_interspeech.html