Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

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Center for the Study of Language and Society

Cité Duits - a polyethnic miners' variety

Dienstag, 19.09.2017, 18:15 Uhr

Leonie Cornips

Das Forum Language and Society ist eine Reihe von Gastvorträgen zu Themen der Soziolinguistik. Doktorierende der GSH können sich die Teilnahme als Zuhörende mit 0,25 ECTS pro Vortrag anrechnen lassen.

Veranstaltende: Forum Language and Society
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Leonie Cornips, Maastricht University
Datum: 19.09.2017
Uhrzeit: 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Ort: F-121
Unitobler
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich
kostenlos

In the late 1930s and 1940s, locally born children of immigrant coal miners in Tuinwijk, a neighbourhood in the village Eisden in the Belgian Limburg, developed a way of speaking among themselves which they later labelled Cité Duits. Having become coal miners themselves, they continued to use Cité Duits as an in-group language throughout their lives when working underground as well as in their private lives. We will show that Cité Duits is a hybrid variety resulting from combining elements of German, Belgian Dutch and the Maasland dialect spoken in Belgian Limburg through focusing and sedimentation. We argue that Cité Duits developed and continues to be employed as a symbolic language for expressing group identity.