Past, Present and Future of a Language Border: Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries

Past, Present and Future of a Language Border: Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries


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Past, Present and Future of a Language Border: Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries by Catharina Peersman

This volume revisits the issue of language contact and conflict in the Low Countries across space and time. The contributions deal with important sites of Germanic-Romance contact along the different language borders, covering languages such as French, Dutch, German, and Luxembourgish. This first monograph in English on the topic broadens our understanding of current-day issues by integrating a historical perspective, showing how language contact and conflict operated from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, the 18th and 19th centuries, and into the 20th and 21st centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614515838
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 07/20/2015
Series: Language and Social Life Series , #1
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Catharina Peersman, University of Sheffield, UK; Gijsbert Rutten, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; Rik Vosters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Author information viii

Chapter 1 Romance-Germanic encounters along the language border: past, present and future Catharina Peersman Gijsbert Rutten Rik Vosters 1

Part I Theoretical and historical overview

Chapter 2 The dimensions of language conflict: an exploration Jeroen Darquennes 19

Chapter 3 Trilingual tug-o'-war: language border fluctuations in the Low Countries Roland Willemyns 39

Chapter 4 Standard language ideology and the history of Romance-Germanic encounters Ulrike Vogl 61

Part II The Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

Chapter 5 Constructing identity: language and identity in the narration of the Franco-Flemish conflict (1297-1305) Catharina Peersman 91

Chapter 6 Multilingualism and the challenge of frenchification in the early modern Dutch Republic Willem Frijhoff 115

Part III The 18th and 19th centuries

Chapter 7 Frenchification In discourse and practice: loan morphology in Dutch private letters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Gijsbert Rutten Rik Vosters Marijke van der Wal 143

Chapter 8 The use of languages in Maastricht in the nineteenth century: the press and family archives M. C. A. Kessels-van der Heijde 171

Part IV The 20th and 21st centuries

Chapter 9 Language conflict in the educational realm: Eupen-Malmedy in the interbellum period (1920-1940) Magali Boemer Jeroen Darquennes 207

Chapter 10 Multilingual education and the politics of language in Luxembourg Kristine Horner Jean-Jacques Weber 233

Chapter 11 In contact and/or in conflict? Ethno-cultural markers, language and schooling in post-war Brussels Rudi Janssens Joost Vaesen 255


Chapter 12 Conceptualising "language borders", conflict" Richard J. Watts 277

Index 297

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