Stance-taking through sibilant palatalisation in Gouda Moroccan Dutch | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



The topic of this article is sibilant palatalisation in the speech of Moroccan-Dutch youth from Gouda, a small city in the Netherlands. In the first part of the article, sibilant palatalisation is described as a variable feature of Moroccan-Dutch speech, which mainly occurs in restricted phonetic and lexical contexts. In the second part some of the data will be explored more closely through the lens of stance-taking. By adopting this particular approach a different light is thrown on the concept of the Moroccan Dutch ethnolect. Sibilant palatalisation, which can function as a stance marker, should not be solely viewed as a linguistic marker of ethnic identity.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): ethnolect; Gouda Moroccan Dutch; sibilant palatalisation; stance; youth speech variety
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