volume 16, issue 2, P207-233 2006
DOI: 10.1017/s0959269506002432
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Abstract: Using evidence from a variety of sources (dialectological and sociolinguistic studies, written and oral history and works of literature), this study seeks to describe how, in a period of rapid industrial expansion to which immigrant labour was a crucial contributing factor, large numbers of Belgian migrant workers (the majority of whom were Flemish-speaking) were assimilated into the local Romance-speaking community. In an area often characterised as diglossic (French-Picard), the influx of large numbers of Fl…

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