Edited by Alastair Walker, Eric Hoekstra, Goffe Jensma, Wendy Vanselow, Willem Visser and Christoph Winter
[NOWELE Supplement Series 33] 2022
► pp. 61–76
There exist in total nine so-called “Wenker questionnaires” from the Saterland, the last linguistic enclave of the East Frisian language, which originate from Georg Wenker’s large dialect survey in the 19th century. Five of these questionnaires contain Frisian linguistic material. The other four document the Low German spoken in the Saterland. This language was above all important for the Sater Frisians as a means of communication with the surrounding areas. A recent study maintains that the Low German spoken by the Sater Frisians exhibits no interference from Frisian. However, in two of the four Low German questionnaires from the Saterland shown here, Frisian elements are clearly recognisable. In this article, the Wenker questionnaires are presented and placed in their historical context.
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Article language: German