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Open Access Stance-taking through sibilant palatalisation in Gouda Moroccan Dutch

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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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Keywords: Gouda Moroccan Dutch; ethnolect; sibilant palatalisation; stance; youth speech variety

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2017

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