Carnivalesque language use and the construction of local identities: A plea for languageculture as a field of research

L. Cornips, V. de Rooij, I.L. Stengs

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This article aims to encourage the interdisciplinary study of ‘languageculture’, an approach to language and culture in which ideology, linguistic and cultural forms, as well as practices are studied in relation to one another. An integrated analysis of the selection of linguistic and cultural elements provides insight into how these choices arise from internalized norms and values, and how people position themselves toward received categories and hegemonic ideologies. An interdisciplinary approach will stimulate a rethinking of established concepts and methods of research. It will also lead to a mutual strengthening of linguistic, sociolinguistic, and anthropological research. This contribution focuses on the province of Limburg and the linguistic-political context of this Southern-Netherlands region where people are strongly aware of their linguistic
distinctiveness. The argument of the paper is based on a case study of languageculture, viz. the carnivalesque song ‘Naar Talia’ (To Italy) by the Getske Boys from the city of Heerlen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJahrbuch Für Europäische Ethnologie: Die Niederlände
EditorsH. Alzheimer, S. Doering-Manteuffel, D. Drascek, A. Treiber
Place of PublicationKornwestheim
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783657788750
ISBN (Print)9783506788757
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameJahrbuch Für Europäische Ethnologie - Dritte Folge


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