Can you English? Das Steak auf des Berners Teller im Berner Mittelland

Schneider, Christa (2020). Can you English? Das Steak auf des Berners Teller im Berner Mittelland. Germanistik in der Schweiz, 16, pp. 50-70. Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Germanistik

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As Lingua Franca, as part of the youth language and as language of education, technology, me-dia, music, fashion and science, English influences the dialects in Switzerland. Anglicisms are therefore relatively frequent, some of them came into the dialects along time ago and are today completely integrated.
In this paper, I want to focus on the anglicism Steak and its usage in the greater area of Bern. In a study, 80 participants from 20 different localities were asked to order a certain menu in a restaurant. Results show that besides the Englisch pronounciation of Steak, also a Bernese German form exists. Furthermore, the results also show that the historical form Plätzli, which is today no longer a synonym for Steak, is still in use. To sum up, this paper highlights the process of a language change in progress on the on hand and on lexical stability on the other hand.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Digital Humanities
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Schneider, Christa

Subjects:

400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 430 German & related languages

ISSN:

1664-2449

Publisher:

Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Germanistik

Language:

German

Submitter:

Christa Schneider

Date Deposited:

20 May 2021 09:07

Last Modified:

20 May 2021 09:07

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/155893

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