Language structure: variation and change


Jacomine Nortier (2018): Youth Languages

Here is my third (and last?) publication in 2018:

Jacomine Nortier. (2018). Youth Languages. In: Arne Ziegler (ed. in cooperation with Melanie Lenzhofer & Georg Oberdorfer), Jugendsprachen – Youth Languages. Aktuelle Perspektiven internationaler Forschung – 
Current Perspectives of International Research. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 3-25.

Abstract: In this paper on youth languages, three major related topics are addressed. The basic questions are:
1. What are youth languages?
2. What is the meaning of the urban background that youth languages usually are situated in?
3. What forms of youth languages are studied in the Netherlands and why is this increasingly based on written Internet data?
In an attempt to answer the first question, the term youth language itself is discussed, accompanied by examples from a variety of practices from Europe and beyond. In order to answer the second question on the role of the city, insights from urban geography on space and relations are presented and discussed. In the final part, the third question is addressed by focusing on Dutch Straattaal and to a lesser degree, Moroccan Flavored Dutch (MFD). An analysis of the use of written Straattaal and metalinguistic commentary expressing attitudes towards it, is presented. I will argue that the Internet can provide useful data for an analysis of youth languages.