Lexical variants in the digital archives of the East-Belgian newspaper GrenzEcho: A pilot corpus study

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Abstract

Against the backdrop of the pluricentricity of German, this paper deals with standard variation at the lexical level in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, also known as East Belgium. After a short discussion of some important concepts such as standard varieties, variants, variables and language centres, a pilot corpus study conducted in the digital archives of the East-Belgian newspaper GrenzEcho will be presented. The aim of this study is to determine the occurrence of potential East-Belgian variants in the newspaper, as well as their frequencies of use as compared to other lexemes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConSOLE XXXI
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 31 st Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (22-24 February 2023, Bielefeld University)
EditorsIva Kovač, Paul Meisenbichler, Atefeh Shahbazi, Hadis Tamleh, Maximilian Wiesner
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherLeiden University Centre for Linguistics
Chapter5
Pages69 - 92
Volume31
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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