Signe Marie Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This report is about North Frisian language and identity. Through an interdisciplinary approach it aims to generate knowledge about the language use of the multilingual speakers of this regional language. The project takes departure in a theoretical contextualisation of Northern Frisia, regional dialects and of historical, sociocultural and political conditions of the minority and its organisations. It then moves on to a practical examination of the language use among young North Frisian speakers. Within the boundaries of qualitative research, the language use of three women is analysed by categorising their language use in domains and analysing their language choices from the perspectives of capacity, opportunity, desire and need. The analysis concludes that the multilingual women only use the North Frisian language within the family domain since it is the only place in their every day life that the necesary conditions are met. Concerning North Frisian identity the report establishes that, while the language has a very important role in Frisian self-conception especially for the speakers of the minority language, a broader identification with Northern Frisia of a territoral/regional kind exists. This entails the common use of the frisian flag and an identification with the landscape as well as the use of the regional dialect of Low German.

UddannelserTysk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 jun. 2015
VejledereHartmut Haberland


  • Friesisch
  • Nordfrieisch