The Making of a Language: The Case of the Idiom of Wilamowice, Southern Poland

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Walter de Gruyter, Aug 4, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 550 pages

The book presents unique literature in a minority ethnolect – the Germanic dialect of Wilamowice in Southern Poland. The manuscripts, written in the ethnolect at the beginning of the 20th century, were discovered in 1989. The book contains full versions of several texts of various length written by Florian Biesik, who decided to create a literary standard for Wilamowicean in order to prove its non-German, but possibly Anglo-Saxon, Dutch, Flemish or Frisian origin. Thus it presents both the dialectal literature and the most important elements of the local culture during the final stages of its extinction.

 

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Contents

Biesik X Swymysojer wunder
389
Footnotes to Biesik X
396
7 Orthographic and phonetic issues
399
8 Grammatical issues
413
82 Morphology
414
83 Morphonology
422
9 Lexical semantics
425
92 Family names
428

5 Florian Biesik
31
52 Illustrations
35
53 Florian Biesiks introduction to BiesikI f jer wełt
41
54 Florian Biesiks biography
48
6 Florian Biesiks texts
53
Footnotes to BiesikI
267
Biesik II m mjer
331
Footnotes to BiesikII
347
Biesik lll Swymysojerysze
352
Biesik lV Dy drużba
355
Biesik V S wymysojer mkia
358
Biesik VI Dy saison halykja
360
Footnotes to Biesik VI
367
Biesik VII S gregregregory
370
Biesik VIII Wymysau an Wymysojer
373
Biesik lX Dy njy pterba?wa kultur
377
Footnotes to Biesik lX
387
93 Christian names
431
94 Nicknames
432
95 Toponymics
433
10 Language archaisms and dialectisms
437
11 Ethnolinguistic issues
439
112 Folk culture
441
113 Weaving industry and trade
442
114 Folk mythology
443
115 Local cuisine
444
116 Religious life
445
Endnotes
447
Appendices
457
Index of words and forms used in Biesiks poems not recorded in Mojmirs dictionary
461
Phonetic transcription first 36 stanzas of f jer wełl
467
Florian Biesiks texts published by Heinrich Anders 1933
473
References
523
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Tomasz Wicherkiewicz is Associate Professor at The Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznn, Poland.

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