This contribution analyses a case of carnival celebration in Maasniel, Limburg, the Netherlands, a village that was annexed as a neighborhood of the larger city of Roermond in 1959. During the event, the Dutch ritual of Sinterklaas was combined with the carnival celebration, resulting in a staged language conflict between Dutch and dialect. I argue that this language conflict was used by the actors on stage to engage in the politics of place-making and belonging. These politics express who and what practices are perceived as in and out of place during this particular carnival event. I show that the actors of the event, through Bakhtinian carnivalesque manners, centralize the carnival celebration, dialect use, and Maasniel while peripheralizing Sinterklaas celebration practices, the use of Dutch, and the city of Roermond. I argue that the eventual switch from Dutch to dialect may be considered as a way to resist and subvert dominant center-periphery ideas.
|Title of host publication||The Sociolinguistics of Place and Belonging|
|Subtitle of host publication||Perspectives from the margins|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
Thissen, L. (2018). The politics of place-making and belonging through language choice within center-periphery dynamics in Limburg, The Netherlands. In The Sociolinguistics of Place and Belonging: Perspectives from the margins (pp. 125-148). John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/impact.45.07thi