Subjektive und objektive Daten in der Sprachwandelforschung.

Ergebnisse aus dem deutsch-niederländischen Grenzgebiet

  • Helmut H. Spiekermann


Language change is generally regarded as change of linguistic items or of the language system. In this sense it might be described and explained by the observation of varying use and evaluation of language. Developments concerning the conditions of use and the characteristics of evaluation are rarely regarded as cases of language change itself. Recently, however, there seems to be a shift towards a wider understanding of language change, distinguishing change of structure, use and evaluation. This shift is accompanied by the distinction of subjective and objective language data. Studies that combine objective and subjective data enable a comprehensive view of the characteristics and causes of language change.

The present paper uses data from speakers of two different age groups from the Grafschaft Bentheim district on the German-Dutch border to illustrate the mutual dependency of structural and evaluative language change. The investigation will be carried out in an apparent-time-analysis based on a translation tasks (as a type of objective data) and semantic differentials (subjective data). Although the attested differences between the age groups turned out to be comparatively small, there are correlations between the results regarding subjective and objective data to be stated.

Spiekermann , H. H. (2021). Subjektive und objektive Daten in der Sprachwandelforschung.: Ergebnisse aus dem deutsch-niederländischen Grenzgebiet. Linguistik Online, 110(5), 33–49.