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Dialect Divergence at the State Border

Peter Auer


This chapter summarizes recent research on the German/French border in the Upper Rhine Region, where the state border cuts across a traditional Alemannic dialect area. It is argued that the present-day divergence of the dialects is due to two different repertoire models in France and Germany which counteract the positive effects of border permeability. Despite this general tendency for the dialects to diverge at the state border, it is also shown that traditional regional affiliations with the Alsace continue to differentially impact the speed of dialect levelling on the German side.

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