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Leonie Cornips (Maastricht)/Vincent de Rooij (Amsterdam): Heightened consciousness use of local language(s) in the public domain

Wann 31.10.2012
von 14:00 bis 16:00
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Großer Seminarraum
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This talk focuses on the linguistic political context of Dutch Limburg. Limburg’s integration into the Dutch state is of recent date (end of 19th century), and many cultural and linguistic peculiarities have been maintained as part of a sense of Limburg peripherality. Limburg’s political and cultural specificity vis-à-vis the Western part of the Netherlands ensures that social signification in language practices is often a matter of more conscious interpretative work than in places where linguistic variation is less politically charged.
Our paper aims to encourage the interdisciplinary study of ‘languageculture,’ an approach to language and culture in which ideology, linguistic and cultural forms, as well as praxis are studied in relation to one another. An integrated analysis of the selection of linguistic and cultural elements provides insight into how these choices arise from internalized norms and values, and how people position themselves toward received categories and hegemonic ideologies. An interdisciplinary approach will stimulate a rethinking of established concepts and methods of research. It will also lead to a mutual strengthening of linguistic, sociolinguistic, and anthropological research.
We will discuss identity politics, to be more specific, the use of cultural and linguistic forms as parts from conventional and subversive repertoires with all their consequences for so-called restrictions on language variation and the flexibility of variation space. Why is it that speakers use 'ungrammatical' constructions in the public domain? We will discuss two case-studies to support our arguments empirically.