Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Regional linguistic knowledge and perception. On the conceptualization of hessian

Christoph Purschke

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The paper reports on the results of a German perceptual dialectology study conducted in different areas of Hesse. Several groups of Hessian and non-Hessian listeners are surveyed in perception experiments (mental mapping, localization of dialect recordings, dialect imitation) in order to find evidence about the semantic motivation for and the structuring of the subjective language-area concept Hessian. It is argued that language-area concepts are semantically complex entities which are part of the individual knowledge about regional linguistic variation and that the structure and complexity of these concepts largely depends on knowledge-related factors like age, dialectal competence, and provenance. Furthermore, the results are discussed in conjunction with a general model of regional language
conceptualization.

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