Was man aus Dialekt-Sprachführern für die Laiendialektologie und Laienlinguistik lernen kann

  • Klaus Geyer
Keywords: phrase books, dialectal phrase books, folk dialectology, folk linguistics, German dialects


    Phrase books for travellers or merchants have been typically oriented towards standard varieties and good language use. Dialectal phrase books are a relatively young phenomenon, at least as far as German is concerned. They seem to fulfil a different purpose than regular phrase books do: They are not made (and bought) for easing communication with people, whose language one does not master sufficiently, but merely for entertainment. This article examines, how dialectal phrase books on a macro scale as well as in detail make use of folk linguistic attitudes and believes to fulfil this function.