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Article: The 'dialect myth' and socio-onomastics. The names of the castles of Bellinzona in an integrational perspective

TitleThe 'dialect myth' and socio-onomastics. The names of the castles of Bellinzona in an integrational perspective
Authors
KeywordsIntegrational Linguistics
Italian-Speaking Switzerland
Onomastics
Variationist Sociolinguistics
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/langcom
Citation
Language And Communication, 2009, v. 29 n. 2, p. 152-165 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this paper, it is argued that name variation and change cannot be studied in a satisfactory way within a variationist sociolinguistic framework, as the latter cannot ultimately cope with the psychological complexity involved in human communication. The reason why variationism does not describe a social 'reality' has to do with its insistence that lexical variants have to be assignable to 'fixed codes' ('dialects', 'sociolects', 'style lects') and that two speakers using different codes will result in misunderstandings and communication breakdowns. The present contribution offers an alternative approach to synchronic name variation inspired by an integrational semiology, thus treating linguistic signs (in this case, toponyms) as context-sensitive and in need of instantaneous referencing. By not considering proper names as part of any fixed codes the integrational fieldworker is able to observe language use unbiased, prepared to accept that in principle any name may be used between any two speakers in any situation. The objects of study for this paper are the names of the three Medieval castles of Bellinzona (Italian-speaking Switzerland), which the present author already investigated in an orthodox sociolinguistic perspective in the 1990s. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/177599
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.366
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.633
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dc.description.abstractIn this paper, it is argued that name variation and change cannot be studied in a satisfactory way within a variationist sociolinguistic framework, as the latter cannot ultimately cope with the psychological complexity involved in human communication. The reason why variationism does not describe a social 'reality' has to do with its insistence that lexical variants have to be assignable to 'fixed codes' ('dialects', 'sociolects', 'style lects') and that two speakers using different codes will result in misunderstandings and communication breakdowns. The present contribution offers an alternative approach to synchronic name variation inspired by an integrational semiology, thus treating linguistic signs (in this case, toponyms) as context-sensitive and in need of instantaneous referencing. By not considering proper names as part of any fixed codes the integrational fieldworker is able to observe language use unbiased, prepared to accept that in principle any name may be used between any two speakers in any situation. The objects of study for this paper are the names of the three Medieval castles of Bellinzona (Italian-speaking Switzerland), which the present author already investigated in an orthodox sociolinguistic perspective in the 1990s. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
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dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/langcomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage and Communicationen_US
dc.subjectIntegrational Linguisticsen_US
dc.subjectItalian-Speaking Switzerlanden_US
dc.subjectOnomasticsen_US
dc.subjectVariationist Sociolinguisticsen_US
dc.titleThe 'dialect myth' and socio-onomastics. The names of the castles of Bellinzona in an integrational perspectiveen_US
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