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Language: Talking or trading blows in the Upper Silesian industrial basin?

Tomasz Kamusella;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
Abstract
In the 19 th century, in the eastern half of Prussia's region of Upper Silesia, continental Europe's second largest industrial basin emerged. In the course of the accelerated urbanization that followed, an increasing number of German- and Germanic-speakers arrived in this overwhelmingly Slavophone area that historically skirted the Germanic dialect continuum to the west. The resultant dynamic interaction between Slavic-and German/ic-speakers led to the emergence of an Upper Silesian Slavic-Germanic pidgin that, in the late 19 th century, became creolized. The 1922 partition of this region between Germany and Poland led to respective Germanization and Polonizatio...
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free text keywords: Linguistics and Language, Communication, Language and Linguistics, Pidgin, Population, education.field_of_study, education, History, Slavic languages, Ancient history, Classics, Historical linguistics, Dialect continuum, Creole language, German, language.human_language, language, Sociolinguistics
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