Geraldine Horan (UCL) @ LEL Research Seminar

Posted on November 13, 2017 by

On Tuesday, November 14, we welcome Dr Geraldine Horan to our department. Dr Horan is based at the School of European Languages, Culture, and Society of UCL. Her talk – Sprache Der Heimat/Language of home: Discourses of Dialect and Identity in Cologne – summarises some of her recent research, and looks at media constructions of the dialect of Cologne.

Here’s the abstract:

Sprache Der Heimat/Language of home: Discourses of Dialect and Identity in Cologne

Geraldine Horan

(University College London)

Kölsch, the urban dialect spoken in the German city of Cologne, has largely died out as a native language, yet it still enjoys strong representation in the cultural life of the city (in Karnevalcelebrations, theatre and popular music, for example). The dialect is thematised and promoted in pop song lyrics and in the local press, and city dwellers are encouraged to learn the dialect in courses offered by the Akademie för uns kölsche Sproch [‘Academy for our Cologne Language’]. Drawing on song lyrics, newspaper articles and data from questionnaires completed by participants in dialect courses, I shall identify meta-linguistic discourses about the dialect, focusing in particular on individuals’ motivations for learning the dialect as a second or additional language, attitudes to the dialect, and the role the dialect plays in the construction of local identity in the city.


The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Tue 14 Nov 2017 

Room: Sam Alex_A201

Time: 16:15 – 17:30

We look forward to seeing for there. Do stick around after the talk for some nibbles and wine!

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