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‘Our German’ (1820–1918)

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This chapter addresses the period after c.1820, since it was at around this time that people moved from spoken to written Luxembourgish. Considering the general importance of the written word, this represents a radical transformation in the status of the Luxembourgish language. The first two moments in the nineteenth century that the local vernacular can be found in written form are largely forgotten. This was because the authors could not be stylised as proper Luxembourgers. Two factors seem significant in this transition from the spoken to the written use of a dialect that was then still considered to be a form of German. First and foremost, a trend towards the study of dialects started to emerge in the German language area. Secondly, it was only in the 1820s, after decades of political instability, that Luxembourg's communication space came to be recognised as a clear geographical space.

Keywords: german language; luxembourg; Luxembourgish language; nineteenth century



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