SVIBOR - Project code: 6-03-218


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Project code: 6-03-218

The research ofthe town Korčula vernacular

Main researcher: KALOGJERA, DAMIR (19964)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/95.

Papers on project (total): 9
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 3
Institution name: Filozofski fakultet - Humanističke znanosti, Zagreb (130)
Department/Institute: Institute of Linguistics
Address: Ivana Lučića 3
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)41 62 00 11
Fax: 385 (0)41 51 38 34
Phone: 385 (0)61 20 011
Fax: 385 (01)513-834

Summary: The lexical inventory of the urban vernacular of the town ofKorčula will be analysed on the material of the corpus collectedby systematic fieldwork carried out by native speakers. Theresults of that analysis will be presented in a dictionaryincluding, also, the elements of grammar, style and manyauthentic examples. The process of lexical units becomingobsolete is also analysed on the basis of comparative study ofthe lexis used by several generations.

Keywords: local dialect, urban speech, lexical corpus, Romanisms, calques, illustrative sentence, accent, morphology, syntax, stylistics, testing speakers

Research goals: The aim of the research is to describe the lexis of the given urban community and compile the dictionary of its vernacular. The results of the project will contribute directly to the description of Čakavian dialects and their varieties in the coastal area of the Adriatic and, consequently, help fill out the general picture of the Croatian and South Slavic dialectal system. The research, as envisaged, has various linguistic, sociolinguistic, contact linguistic, historical linguistic, and anthropological implications, i.e., all these disciplines could draw upon such a dictionary from their respective points of view. The comparison of the data from an urban vernacular dictionary (in our case the vocabulary of the spoken language of the town of Korčula) with the lexical material of other rural dialects will, presumably, yield interesting results showing variations among vocabularies of diverse social groups. There are many indications for the existence of such a phenomenon but it has to be substantiated by more systematic evidence. The corpus of local vernacular is being compiled. It will consist of authentic sentences exemplifying particular lexical units and will provide aboudant grammatical and stylistic, as well as cultural anthropological data.

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