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"This migrants' babble is not a German dialect!"

  • This article investigates a public debate in Germany that put a special spotlight on the interaction of standard language ideologies with social dichotomies, centering on the question of whether Kiezdeutsch, a new way of speaking in multilingual urban neighbourhoods, is a legitimate German dialect. Based on a corpus of emails and postings to media websites, I analyse central topoi in this debate and an underlying narrative on language and identity. Central elements of this narrative are claims of cultural elevation and cultural unity for an idealised standard language High German', a view of German dialects as part of a national folk culture, and the construction of an exclusive in-group of German' speakers who own this language and its dialects. The narrative provides a potent conceptual frame for the Othering of Kiezdeutsch and its speakers, and for the projection of social and sometimes racist deliminations onto the linguistic plane.

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Author:Heike WieseGND
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosopische Fakultät
Subtitle (English):the interaction of standard language ideology and 'us'/'them' dichotomies in the public discourse on a multiethnolect
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (157)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2019/02/12
Year of Completion:2015
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2019/02/12
dialect; othering; public discourse; racism by proxy; standard language ideology
Source:Language in Society 44 (2015), pp. 341–368 DOI 10.1017/S0047404515000226
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle