Actitudes lingüísticas en la Región de Murcia: inseguridad lingüística y prestigio encubierto / Language attitudes in the Region of Murcia: Language insecurity and covert prestige

Activity: SupervisionPhD Supervision


As it happens with other dialects of the Spanish spoken in Spain, the dialectal variety of the Region of Murcia, located in the South of the country, suffers stigmatization. Its speakers show symptoms of covert prestige related to a normalization process (moderate standardization) and a sort of dialectal diglossia, which happens to be of especial interest regarding sociolinguistic studies.
This research focuses on language attitudes of Murcian speakers in order to clarify how prestige works within this community. Thus, language attitudes were observed by attending to attitudes towards other dialects spoken in Spain, including the vernacular variety, formal settings and linguistic perception in connection with sociolects.
Methodology is based on a large survey spread online through the social media, which counts with 661 respondents. The data were studied according to the following variables: Sex, age, sex-age, geographic origin, social network, level of qualification and parents' origin.
The results confirm a great language insecurity due to stigmatization, as well as linguistic solidarity towards other dialects in similar stigmatized circumstances, and a covert prestige based on positive affective and negative cognoscitive components in their attitudes, since speakers show a high esteem towards their vernacular variety despite the fact that they find it very incorrect.
Examination held at
  • University of Murcia
Degree of RecognitionInternational