South Schleswig Danish: Caught between privileges and disregard
(University of Copenhagen, Denmark)firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: South Schleswig Danish is the non-dominant variety of Danish that is spoken within the Danish national minority in Northern Germany. South Schleswig Danish differs structurally from Denmark Danish due to the Danish-German bilingualism of the minority members: It is a contact variety. In many respects, it displays prototypical features of a non-dominant variety in its earlier stages (status asymmetry, no codification), but the greatest hindrance to the further development of South Schleswig Danish into a variety in its own right seems to be its existence within the politically acknowledged and financially supported national Danish minority. The support covers the maintenance of Danish language within the minority because the Danish language is considered an essential link between the minority and its motherland. Thus, there seems to be little chance that South Schleswig Danish with its contact-induced features will replace Danish as a codified variety in its own right.
South Schleswig Danish (hereafter, SSD) is the non-dominant variety of Danish spoken within the Danish national minority in Northern Germany (see section 2) in a contiguous language area just south of the Danish-German border. SSD is a result of long-standing and stable language contact between Danish and German in the South Schleswig region.1 The variety shows linguistic Abstand to Denmark Danish through specific and established SSD features as well as through the persistent ad hoc bilingual language use of its speakers (see section 3). ← 243 | 244 → SSD...
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