Taalgevoeligheid in Brussel en de Vlaamse Rand een attitudeonderzoek

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Samenvatting

Since decades, bilingual Brussels and its Flemish periphery constitute the scene of a persistent
language conflict between Dutch- and French-speaking politicians. In these
regions language is thus a highly sensitive topic from a political point of view. However,
it is not clear whether the inhabitants themselves share the same sensitivity to language
matters. The primary interest of this research was therefore to analyse language sensitivity
in Brussels and the Flemish periphery from the viewpoint of the Dutch-speaking
inhabitants. On the basis of language attitude research, results showed that they are highly
sensitive to language matters. At least half of the respondents was irritated by Francophones
in the public life of the Flemish periphery and about 65% voted against French
political initiatives on Dutch-speaking territory.

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