2004
Volume 61, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0039-8691
  • E-ISSN: 2215-1214

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a research conducted in West-Flanders on the attitudes towards , a Flemish substandard language variety. This research aims to answer three questions pertaining to these attitudes. The first question is what the impact of the variable ‘age’ is on the attitudes towards . Although previous research has been conducted on attitudes towards this language variety, so far no attention has been paid to age-specific patterns in these attitudes. The second question is which elements can account for certain positive or negative attitudes towards the variety as a whole. In order to answer this question, this research will focus on definite and indefinite article forms that are typical for with the aim of discovering how people perceive the forms with respect to the standard forms. This field of research is relatively unexplored, which entails some methodological issues. As such, this part of the research can be considered a methodological experiment. The third and final question is what impact the frequency of the article forms has on the attitude of the informants. These three questions are discussed more elaborately in the first part of this paper. The design of the research (the variables and the methodology) is explained in the second part. The final part of this paper presents the results of the research.

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