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Past, Present and Future of a Language Border

Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries

Edited by: Catharina Peersman, Gijsbert Rutten,  and Rik Vosters
This volume revisits the issue of language contact and conflict in the Low Countries across space and time. The contributions deal with important sites of Germanic-Romance contact along the different language borders, covering languages such as French, Dutch, German, and Luxembourgish. This first monograph in English on the topic broadens our understanding of current-day issues by integrating a historical perspective, showing how language contact and conflict operated from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, the 18th and 19th centuries, and into the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Catharina Peersman, University of Sheffield, UK; Gijsbert Rutten, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; Rik Vosters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.


"This volume is sure to be of the utmost interest to scholars of sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and, of course, historical sociolinguistics, as well as to people working on the history of Dutch, French, Luxembourgish or German. The insightful collection of articles makes a substantial contribution to sociolinguistic theory, due to the broad scope of high-quality work included, and the excellent epilogue that provides a succinct summary of how historical data can shed new light on our understanding of language contact, language conflict and language borders."James Hawkey in: Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 4.2 (2018), 295-298
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Audience: Sociolinguists, Historical Linguists, and Researchers in Language Contact and Conflict.