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Low German's Struggle: Between Indifference, Ignorance, and Linguistic Instrumentalism

Wiggers, Heiko

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Low German's Struggle: Between Indifference, Ignorance, and Linguistic Instrumentalism
author
Wiggers, Heiko
abstract
This paper discusses and examines the current situation of Low German, an indigenous and endangered language spoken in northern Germany and parts of the Netherlands. Although the German state supports the use and maintenance of the Low German language, this article argues that indifferent attitudes towards the language, the lack of passing it on along generational lines, and new developments such as linguistic instrumentalism make it increasingly difficult to keep Low German from further erosion.
subject
Low German
Endangered Languages
Language Policies
date
2023-11-20T20:32:43Z (accessioned)
2023-11-20T20:32:43Z (available)
2023-11-20 (issued)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/102792 (uri)
type
Preprint

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