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Title: The Making of a Language
Subtitle: The Case of the Idiom of Wilamowice
Written By: Tomasz Wicherkiewicz
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Documentation 19
Description:

The book presents unique literature in a minority ethnolect - the
Germanic dialect of Wilamowice in southern Poland. The manuscripts, written at the beginning of the 20th century, were discovered in 1989.
The book contains full versions of several texts written by Florian
Biesik, who decided to create a literary standard for Wilamowicean in order to prove its non-German, but possibly Anglo-Saxon, Dutch, Flemish, or Frisian origin. Thus it presents both the dialectal literature and the most important elements of the local culture during the final stage of its extinction.

From the Contents:

1. Preliminaries
2. Wilamowice as a linguistic enclave
3. Origin of the ethnolect
4. Literature in Wilamowicean
5. Florian Biesik
6. Florian Biesik's texts
7. Orthographic and phonetic issues
8. Grammatical issues
9. Lexical semantics
10. Language archaisms and dialectisms
11. Ethnolinguistic issues

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): German
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 311017099X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xi, 539
Prices: Euro 98.00 / sFr 157,- / approx. US$ 98.