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Under the Magnifying Glass: Dimensions of Variation in the Contemporary Timok Variety


Vuković, Teodora; Mirić, Mirjana; Escher, Anastasia; Ćirković, Svetlana; Miličević Petrović, Maja; Sobolev N, Andrey; Sonnenhauser, Barbara (2023). Under the Magnifying Glass: Dimensions of Variation in the Contemporary Timok Variety. Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie, 79(1):153-194.

Abstract

The paper focuses on linguistic variation encountered in the contemporary Timok variety in Southeast Serbia. The data collected from speakers across the Timok region reveals rich variation in how linguistic features are used. It Displays overlapping patterns which belong to different registers and varieties, which arises from the contact between West South Slavic varieties and East or Balkan South Slavic varieties. In the analysis, the focus is on the interaction between patterns attributed to standard Serbian (currently major western South Slavic influence and the more typical Balkan manifestations of the dialect. The features analysed are: marking of indirect object and possessor, post-positive demonstratives, dative reflexive si as a particle and auxiliary omission in the perfect tense, all considered to be relative for the distinction analysed. In the first part, the analysis takes into account linguistic factors focusing mainly on the morphosyntactic domain, to reveal what linguistic structures obstruct or facilitate the use of certain forms. In the second part, the four features are correlated with geographic and social parameters. In order to find potential areal patterns of horizontal feature diffusion or study the effect of terrain shape (altitude) or physical distances between locations (the distance from the administrative centre). Regarding social factors, age and gender are correlated with the linguistic information to analyse whether there are differences between men and women, or older and younger speakers in their dialect usage.

Abstract

The paper focuses on linguistic variation encountered in the contemporary Timok variety in Southeast Serbia. The data collected from speakers across the Timok region reveals rich variation in how linguistic features are used. It Displays overlapping patterns which belong to different registers and varieties, which arises from the contact between West South Slavic varieties and East or Balkan South Slavic varieties. In the analysis, the focus is on the interaction between patterns attributed to standard Serbian (currently major western South Slavic influence and the more typical Balkan manifestations of the dialect. The features analysed are: marking of indirect object and possessor, post-positive demonstratives, dative reflexive si as a particle and auxiliary omission in the perfect tense, all considered to be relative for the distinction analysed. In the first part, the analysis takes into account linguistic factors focusing mainly on the morphosyntactic domain, to reveal what linguistic structures obstruct or facilitate the use of certain forms. In the second part, the four features are correlated with geographic and social parameters. In order to find potential areal patterns of horizontal feature diffusion or study the effect of terrain shape (altitude) or physical distances between locations (the distance from the administrative centre). Regarding social factors, age and gender are correlated with the linguistic information to analyse whether there are differences between men and women, or older and younger speakers in their dialect usage.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2023
Deposited On:31 May 2024 07:20
Last Modified:30 Jun 2024 01:41
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Winter
ISSN:0044-3492
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:https://zsph.winter-verlag.de/article/ZSPH/2023/1/9
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID177557
  • : Project Title(Dis-)entangling traditions on the Central Balkans: Performance and perception (TraCeBa)