Golitschek Edle von Elbwart, Katharina

Language regard in the Sunshine State

Floridian perspectives on language ideologies and linguistic variation




Investigating perceptions of linguistic variation in a culturally diverse context, this study examines immigrant language regard and ideologies in Florida and the U.S. Taking on a variationist perspective, it analyzes perceptual data against various social variables and combines approaches in sociolinguistics, perceptual dialectology and language attitude research. In doing so, mental maps were gathered and run in ArcGIS, an advanced information system to make geolinguistic spaces visible. Results reveal subliminal, yet strong language attitudes and prove that language regard is highly ideological in nature.


As a research assistant in the Anglophone Studies Department at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Katharina von Elbwart focused her research and teaching on English sociolinguistics and dialectology with a particular focus on North American language varieties. Her PhD project combines these disciplines and centers around language phenomena perceived by nonlinguists in Florida. She holds a masterís degree in Linguistics from Florida Atlantic University and a teaching degree in English, German, and Economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen. Currently working as a trainee teacher at a vocational college, she is still affi liated with academia as an adjunct lecturer in English sociolinguistics and dialectology.

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ISBN 978-3-86821-858-9, 250 S., 98 Abb., 64 Tab., kt., Ä 39,50 (2020)

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