LINGUIST List 30.3341

Thu Sep 05 2019

Support: English; German; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, Maastricht University

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Date: 05-Sep-2019
From: Yleen Simonis <>
Subject: English; German; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, Maastricht University, Netherlands
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Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Maastricht University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)


In this project, the focus will be on how coal miners’ languages and cultures in the former mining region north of Aachen in Germany (Low German/German speaking) and the Eastern Mine District with Heerlen as its centre in the Netherlands (Dutch/dialect speaking) are taken up in new contexts with new actors, how they are authenticated and legitimated during public events that are considered unique for the region. These two neighbouring areas are separated by a national border but share a common coal mining past and a common linguistic past. The area is still a multilingual one:

Questions that will be addressed in this project are:
- How is the national border between Germany (Aachen district) and the Netherlands (south-eastern Limburg) softened or hardened as a linguistic and cultural border through revitalization practices of the linguistic and cultural coalmining past in both areas?
- What language(s)/linguistic features are used in the revitalization practices and how are they reproduced in mediatizations (songs, poetry, linguistic landscapes and soundscapes, reminiscence practices, commodities, spoken and written texts in mining museums, parodies, carnival practices etc.)?
- Do these practices confirm old stereotypes or do they create new ones?

The researcher will be based at Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and undertake a 6-month secondment at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for German Studies.

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

Applications Deadline: 30-Sep-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Yleen Simonis

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Yleen Simonis
        Dept:Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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