Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Language, people, salience, space: perceptual dialectology and language regard

Dennis R. Preston


This paper explores the not novel idea that popular notions of the geographical distribution and status of linguistic facts are related to beliefs about the speakers of regional varieties but goes on to develop an approach to the underlying cognitive mechanisms that are employed when such connections are made. A detailed procedural account of the awakening of a response, called one of language regard, is given, as well as a structural account of an underlying attitudinal cognitorium with regard to popular beliefs about United States’ Southerners. A number of studies illustrating a variety of research tools in determining the connections, the response mechanisms, and the underlying structures of belief are provided.

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