Intergenerational linguistic changes to the Spanish dialect of three participant groups from greater Asunción (Paraguay).

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Sarah Gevene Hopton Tyler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mariche García-Bayonas

Abstract: Based on a study conducted in the summer of 2009 in Asunción, Paraguay, this thesis analyzes the generational changes in the dialect of three Spanish-speaking sample groups. These groups, divided by age, are made up of two distinct generations, one younger and two older. Further, the younger group and one older group are members of the same family. The groups? discussions of various topics are investigated in order to learn their ideas and opinions about changes to and possible influences on their speech. The data collected is analyzed according to linguistic changes in these three participant groups, looking for marks of the creation of an identity separate from other generations and attitudes towards various possible influences on the particular dialect of Spanish used by the groups.

In general, there are similarities and differences between the generational groups recorded. The similarities are mainly found between the groups from the same family and between the older groups. The most dissimilar were the younger group and the older, unrelated group. This disparity between the older generation and the younger points to a shift in language use and identity.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2010
Linguistics, Spanish, Dialect, Paraguay, Intergenerational
Spanish language $x Dialects $z Paraguay
Linguistic change.
Language and languages $x Variation.
Spanish language $x Dialectology.

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