Language contact in a mining community: A Study of Variation in Personal Pronouns and Progressive Aspect in Cité Duits

Nantke Pecht

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Cité Duits (lit. ‘mining district German’) emerged as a Belgian Dutch-Maaslands-German contact variety among the children of immigrant miners in the coalmining district of Belgian Eisden in the 1930s. Following a sociolinguistic and grammatical framework, this dissertation examines the linguistic character of Cité Duits with a focus on personal pronouns and progressive aspect. It studies the underlying language contact dynamics and explores the emergence and social functions of Cité Duits. For the analysis, the researcher combined methods of data collection from sociolinguistics (e.g. group recordings) and linguistic anthropology (e.g. observations).
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Cornips, Leonie, Supervisor
  • Auer, P., Supervisor, External person
Award date27 Jan 2021
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Print ISBNs9789460933677
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2021


  • Doctoral dissertation
  • linguistics
  • language and migration
  • language-dialect contact
  • Belgian Dutch
  • German
  • Limburgish dialects

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