Nantke Pecht about the moribund language variety Cité Duits

Nantke Pecht is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. In her research, she investigates the construction of social identities through language practices among speakers of the former coal miners’ district of Tuinwijk, the cité. In this district, located in the village of Eisden in Belgian Limburg, a hybrid German-Dutch-Limburgian variety among children of multi ethnic miners, called ‘Cité Duits’, developed in the 1930s and 40s. This variety is spoken by former miners who are now in their eighties, and is closely related to childhood experiences in the cité.

Audio snippet Cité Duits