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Variation in the structure of conjunctions in Luxembourgish German in the 19th century. An interplay of language-internal and contact-induced variation

  • This contribution aims to shed light on the structural development of Luxembourgish German in the 19th Century. The fact that it is embedded in a multilingual context raises many research questions. The evidence comprises predominantly bilingual German/French public notices issued by the City of Luxembourg in this period. The analysis of two conjunctions suggests that processes of replication and interlingual transfer are sources for Variation. It shows that the influence of French was particularly acute during the “French period” (1795-1814). However, rather than working in isolation, the language contact phenomena operate on the basis of similar constructions existing in the borrowing language. In addition, ancient German forms quickly disappeared, despite showing similarity to forms in the local dialect.

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Author:Rahel Beyer
Parent Title (English):Language variation - European perspectives. Bd. 6. Selected papers from the Eighth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLAVE 8), Leipzig May 2015
Place of publication:Amsterdam [u.a.]
Editor:Isabelle Buchstaller, Beat Siebenhaar
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2017/08/04
Tag:19th Century; German; Luxembourg; language Standardization; language contact; parallel text corpus; variable analysis
First Page:185
Last Page:198
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugägnlich. / Due to copyright reasons the full-text of the article is not freely accessible.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik / 400 Sprache
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG