Transgression (linguistics)

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Transgression (from Latin transgressio , transgression) describes the use of a language variety that does not create identity for the speaker .

Belonging and distinction

Transgression can, for example, consist in German young people partially adopting the ethnolect invented by Turkish young people in their speech. This use signals the feeling of belonging to a “street-oriented subculture or to certain youth culture scenes”. Entire sequences of an exchange can be borrowed from another variety. In English-language research, one speaks of crossing. Here, too, the observation can be made that English adolescents consciously use set pieces from immigrant languages ​​in order to distinguish themselves from the standard language regulations of their own language. Transgressions also serve the purpose of emphasizing the We-Code of a speaking layer against the mainstream .

See also


  • Dirim, Inci; Auer, Peter: Turkish is not only spoken by the Turks: On the fuzzy relationship between language and ethnicity in Germany. de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2004, ISBN 978-3-11-018092-3 .
  • Riehl, Claudia Maria: Language contact research: An introduction. Gunter Narr Verlag, Tübingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-8233-6469-6 .
  • Zappe, Florian: Writing in between: transgression and avant-garde legacy with Kathy Acker. transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld 2013, ISBN 978-3-83762362-8 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Riehl: Language contact research: An introduction. 2009, p. 167ff.