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Pluricentric Languages: New Perspectives in Theory and Description


Edited By Rudolf Muhr and Dawn Marley

This volume presents a selection of papers from the «3 rd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages» that was held in 2014 at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK). The papers in section one deal with the theoretical aspects of pluricentricity and methods of description of the variations in pluricentric languages. Section two contains a number of papers about «new» pluricentric languages and «new» non-dominant varieties that have not been described before. Section three showcases pluricentric languages that are used alongside indigenous languages and section four deals with the pluricentricity of special languages.
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South Schleswig Danish: Caught between privileges and disregard


Karoline Kühl*

(University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

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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