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ERIC Number: ED126706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Pages: 36
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The Long Way Towards Netherlandic: Problems of Lexical Standardization in West Flanders (Belgium).
Geerts, Guido; Deprez, Kas
Speakers of West Flemish dialect in switching to standard Netherlandic must choose between two sets of supra-regional lexical items: the Netherlandic and the non-Netherlandic alternative. A study was carried out in July and August 1974 to determine whether it can be stated that the supra-regional language is moving towards Netherlandic. Thirteen lexical pairs were used, eleven consisting of a Netherlandic variant and a non-Netherlandic one; and two consisting of two Netherlandic variants. One hundred and twenty male informants from 11 to 65 years of age and from different social backgrounds translated short sentences into Netherlandic, each containing a dialect word corresponding to one of the 13 lexical words in question. Subsequently the informants were asked to choose the"better" of two Netherlandic alternatives. Finally their use was compared to their preferred norm, and they were questioned as to their choices. It was found that the dialect speakers based their choices for "better" alternatives on two criteria: what was not present in their dialect, revealing linguistic insecurity; and what was Netherlandic, revealing the result of a historical process. Generally, the language of West Flanders is seen as evolving towards Netherlandic, albeit very slowly. Sample question forms are appended. (Author/AM)
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