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Publications [#294652] of Dominika M Baran

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  1. Baran, D. "Linguistic practice and identity work: Variation in Taiwan Mandarin at a Taipei County high school." Journal of Sociolinguistics 18.1 (January, 2014): 32-59. [doi]
    (last updated on 2020/02/17)

    This article examines variation in the use of two Taiwan Mandarin features, de-retroflection of sibilant fricatives [s{right tail}] → [s], and labial glide deletion [wo{open}] → [o{open}], in the speech of Taipei County high school students. The features become resources for the negotiation of identity positions within the highly structured school institution. I discuss the correlations between the use of Taiwan Mandarin and two social factors: membership in the small culture (Holliday ) of a particular bānjí or class, and individual aspirations. Holliday's concept of small cultures is proposed as a variant of the Community of Practice. I refer to Bucholtz and Hall's () tactics of intersubjectivity framework as a possible tool for explaining variation at the school. I argue that the two Taiwan Mandarin features are invoked to perform different social goals, which is possible because they are imbued with related but significantly different sociocultural meanings (Brubaker ; Baran ). © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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