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Language, or Dialect, That Is the Question. How Attitudes Affect Language Statistics Using the Example of Low German

Central Research, Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, 68161 Mannheim, Germany
Received: 7 December 2020 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 18 February 2021 / Published: 4 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Language Attitudes, Vitality and Development)
This paper explores how attitudes affect the seemingly objective process of counting speakers of varieties using the example of Low German, Germany’s sole regional language. The initial focus is on the basic taxonomy of classifying a variety as a language or a dialect. Three representative surveys then provide data for the analysis: the Germany Survey 2008, the Northern Germany Survey 2016, and the Germany Survey 2017. The results of these surveys indicate that there is no consensus concerning the evaluation of Low German’s status and that attitudes towards Low German are related to, for example, proficiency in the language. These attitudes are shown to matter when counting speakers of Low German and investigating the status it has been accorded. View Full-Text
Keywords: language attitudes; dialect; status; language statistics; census; Low German language attitudes; dialect; status; language statistics; census; Low German
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Adler, A. Language, or Dialect, That Is the Question. How Attitudes Affect Language Statistics Using the Example of Low German. Languages 2021, 6, 40. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/languages6010040

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Adler A. Language, or Dialect, That Is the Question. How Attitudes Affect Language Statistics Using the Example of Low German. Languages. 2021; 6(1):40. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/languages6010040

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Adler, Astrid. 2021. "Language, or Dialect, That Is the Question. How Attitudes Affect Language Statistics Using the Example of Low German" Languages 6, no. 1: 40. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/languages6010040

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