Publication details [#54988]

Kamusella, Tomasz. 2011. Language: Talking or trading blows in the Upper Silesian industrial basin? Multilingua 30 (1) : 3–24.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This study discusses how in 19th century East Upper Silesia, in the wake of industrialization, followed by accelerated urbanization, the arrival of large numbers of German- and Germanic-speaking immigrants in this Slavophone area led to language contact and the emergence of an Upper Silesian Slavic-Germanic pidgin that became creolized in the late 19th century. It further sketches its history until 1989 and beyond.