LINGUIST List 30.3010

Fri Aug 02 2019

Disc: Standard Swiss German

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 01-Aug-2019
From: Stefan Dollinger <>
Subject: Standard Swiss German
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Dear colleagues,
I have posted a question on research gate in relation to the concept of ''Standard Swiss German'' and its acceptance in Switzerland. The questions asks for responses to the expressed doubts of a colleague who has been dealing for a long time with Swiss non-standard dialects. I use his doubts, which would run counter to theoretical accounts (as is the international model, e.g., The Pluricentricity Debate (Routledge, 2019)).

How accepted is a standard in Switzerland, a standard that is intelligible but not the same as the German German or Austrian German Standards? I'm aware of attitudinal work on Swiss German, but would appreciate a debate anchored around this rather negative statement. I'd appreciate any pointers and will, if the feedback warrants it, post a summary.

Here is the link:
You'll find a one-page pdf from the Swiss ''Sprachspiegel'' for download there.

Best wishes and thanks for your input,

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
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