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The Schleswig-Holstein question redux?

There are not a lot of ethnic Germans in Denmark, to the extent that I can find no reference to numbers or percentages, just a a few vague mentions of 'a small minority'. Source.

However, there has been a minor outbreak of luger rattling by Danish Teutons: "The president of an association representing the German minority living in the southernmost part of Jutland has formally requested that road signs introducing cities in the region be in both German and Danish" Source.

The key town name would appear to be Aabenraa (DK) / Apenrade (D), and I suspect that monoglot speakers of either language would be able to make a leap of understanding faced with that as a place name. Similarly, Hinrich Jürgensen president of the Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger held the meeting in Tinglev (DK), Tingleff (D), which one would hope did not lead to confused German speakers wandering around Schleswig in the manner of Kaspar Hauser.

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Blogger Nick Drew said... 9:32 am

As any European parent knows, the key policy aspect of this whole debate is the "Billund Question" - how to keep the Germans out of Legoland !

Their teenagers have the most appalling manners and sharp elbows.

When they start spelling it Legolande, the four horseman will not be far behind.  

Anonymous IanCroydon said... 10:53 am

'Dual language signs will show that tolerance and openness go hand in hand with self-understanding and self-consciousness.'

How true:


Blogger Croydonian said... 2:08 pm

The Danes having invented Lego, I think they deserve our utmost support.

Vis a vis dual language signs, they are quite common in parts of Brittany, (Breton and French, that is....), and one town I know quite well, Gouarec is rendered as Goareg on one sign, and Gwareg on another. Not very impressive, unless there is a dialect change half way down the N164  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 3:35 pm

Also in Catalonia (sometimes 3-way: French / Catalan / Spanish)  

Blogger The Hitch said... 10:09 pm

Mr Drew
"Their teenagers have the most appalling manners and sharp elbows"

Apparently you have never come across a family of Ruskies.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 6:27 am

It's a long time since the Schleswig-Holstein question demanded my response amid waves of panicked incomprehension; what do you mean 'redux'? Road signs? encapsulating all those pages and pages of notes?

Would you mind lowering the intellectual level for some posts so that while passing yet more 'stuck at the dinner table' time (last evening it was ages of garbage about experiencing the future), I can look alert and interested while really thinking about an idea you'd set running.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:34 am

HG - I wanted to employ an arch way of writing 'revisited'.

I'll see if I can find something that's bloggable and open ended today.  

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