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Academic Paper

Title: Living with L: H-Speakers’ Perceptions of the L-Variety in Northern Germany
Author: Heiko Wiggers
Institution: Wake Forest University
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: German
Abstract: Based on two sociolinguistic field studies from 2003 and 2009, this paper discusses the language attitudes of High German speakers (H-speakers) toward Low German (the L-variety) in the county of Bentheim, a diglossic speech community in northwestern Germany. While language attitudinal studies are largely absent from the sociolinguistic corpus in Germany and from Low German research altogether, diglossic studies largely focus on the L-variety and its speakers and evolution. This paper is one of the first attempts to analyze the H-speakers’ perceptions and evaluations of the L-variety over a longer period of time within the fields of diglossia and Low German.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 24, Issue 4.

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