Research by Nantke Pecht featured in Dutch daily NRC

The research topic of FASoS PhD student Nantke Pecht was featured in an article of the Dutch national newspaper NRC on Friday 17 February. In her research dissertation, supervised by Prof. Leonie Cornips, Nantke investigates the construction of social identities through language practices among speakers of the former coal miners’ district of Tuinwijk, the cité. The article is available online (in Dutch).

In this district, located in the village of Eisden in Belgian Limburg, a hybrid German-Dutch-Limburgian variety among children of multi ethnic miners, called ‘Cité Duits’, developed in the 1930s and 40s. This variety is spoken by former miners who are now in their eighties, and is closely related to childhood experiences in the cité.

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