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Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages

European Case Studies from Past to Present


Edited By Gijsbert Rutten and Kristine Horner

In what ways has language been central to constructing, challenging and reconfiguring social and political boundaries? This volume traverses space and time to explore the construction of such boundaries. Focusing on the ways that language functions as an inclusive and divisive marker of identity, the volume includes case studies on Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium  and Luxembourg. It also explores the northern and southern borderlands of present-day Germany as well as the city of Cologne and the surrounding Ruhr area. The chapters critically engage with focused accounts of past and present language situations, practices and policies. Taken as a whole, the volume stresses the importance of studying metalinguistic perspectives as a means of enabling detailed analyses and challenging generalizations.
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We would like to thank the Historical Sociolinguistics series editors as well as Laurel Plapp and the Peter Lang staff for their helpful editorial support and expertise. We are also grateful to the anonymous referees who provided invaluable comments on the draft chapters. Last but not least, we are especially thankful to Hielke Vriesendorp (Leiden) who carefully and efficiently prepared the formatting of the manuscript.

Kristine Horner and Gijsbert Rutten

Sheffield and Leiden, April 2016

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