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Schweizerdeutsch und Sprachbewusstsein
Swiss German and Language Awareness: On the Consolidation of German-Swiss Diglossia in the 19th Century

Zur Konsolidierung der Deutschschweizer Diglossie im 19. Jahrhundert

Funded by: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF)

Little is known about the conditions that led to German-Swiss diglossia. Based on public discourse about Swiss German, the study shows that with respect to the history of language awareness, today’s typical bilingualism in Swiss German and standard German became consolidated in the 19th century in close relation to societal processes. The study is a major contribution to the linguistic history of German-speaking Switzerland.

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Emanuel Ruoss, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
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Audience: Researchers in the fields of language history, variational linguistics, dialectology, and language attitude research

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