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Metalinguistic Perspectives on Germanic Languages

European Case Studies from Past to Present


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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Philipp Stoeckle, ‘Dialect and Identity: The Folk Linguistic Construction of Local Dialect Areas in the “Alemannic Border Triangle”’

Figure 8.1 Map of research area depicting some of the most important traditional isoglosses.

Figure 8.2 Overview of the most salient folk dialect areas and borders in the survey area at an agreement level of at least 50% of the respective hand-drawn maps.

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