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Linguistics To Go: DĂŒsseldorf Platt

Linguistics To Go: DĂŒsseldorf Platt

Helau & Alaaf!

These are the battle cries of men, women and children as candy is thrown in the air during carnival. Tomorrow it is yet again time for the streets in the Rhineland to be filled by costume-clad partygoers.

The #blcteam will be there in full force. Keep an eye out on our @Twitter as we reveal our group costume, the taste of vegan meat, and who the office’s biggest party people are.

Our blog series “linguistics for takeaway” has dealt with general linguistics for the past year. Today’s topic of discussion is DĂŒsseldorf Platt, spoken in the Rhineland’s capital. Without it, carnival would only be half as fun. But where does it come from and why do we speak it?

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Linguistics To Go: It’s all about food

Linguistics To Go: It’s all about food
One of the first things a foreigner faces when coming to a new country is language. And one of the first things that a non-native speaker observes is that the language native speakers use in everyday life is quite different from the one taught at school or at university. As a linguist I find it exciting to be exposed to a great variety of German language phenomena every day. Idioms is one of them. But why are people using idioms in their everyday speech?
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