lntegrationisten en particularisten? Taalstrijd in Vlaanderen tijdens het Verenigd Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (1815-1830)



This contribution deals with several aspects of the sociolinguistic situation
during the brief reunification of the Low Countries under the reign of
William I (1814-1830). After giving an overview of the government's rigorous
Dutchification policy, the author focuses on the metalinguistic discourse
in Flanders at the time, analyzing how Flemish authors and grammarians perceived
the Northern linguistic norms. Spelling will be taken as a prime example
of the overlap between language and politics, mapping out the social value
attached to various writing systems in the context of the debate about linguistic
convergence or divergence between North and South.