The Randstad area in The Netherlands: Emergent and fluid identity-locality production through language in use

L. Cornips, V. de Rooij, Dick Smakman

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Abstract

This chapter first introduces the physical, infrastructural and population characteristics of the Randstad in some detail, which explain the specific language variation situation in this area and the challenges it poses in the second part. The final part of the chapter provides specific illustration of urban language contact situation – from the cities of Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam – which demonstrate the daily language use in the big cities within the region, the mechanisms of identity expression through language, and the coming to existence of language variation in neighbourhoods where speakers with different social orientations meet, interact, and assert themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Sociolinguistics
Subtitle of host publicationThe city as a linguistic process and experience
EditorsDick Smakman, Patrick Heine
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages162
Number of pages180
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2017

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    Cornips, L., de Rooij, V., & Smakman, D. (2017). The Randstad area in The Netherlands: Emergent and fluid identity-locality production through language in use. In D. Smakman, & P. Heine (Eds.), Urban Sociolinguistics: The city as a linguistic process and experience (pp. 162). Routledge.