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The processes of inventing Luxembourg and inventing Luxembourgish are closely linked. This chapter will describe the creation of a language. From the beginning of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, Luxembourgish has not only undergone linguistic transformations but also changes in status. It is the status of the language that will be at the centre of our analysis: from our Germanas it was referred to in the nineteenth centuryto the most recent of the western Germanic languages-as it is labelled by linguists today. The working hypothesis of this study is that the status of a language is closely linked to the political development of the nation with which it is associated. The importance of language as a means of providing legitimisation in the process of nation-building in much of Europe has been emphasised for some time in international literature on the topic.

Keywords: Europe; German; Luxembourg; Luxembourgish



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