Alfred Lameli (2010): Relationen im Sprachkontakt: Das Beispiel der norddeutschen Mehrsprachigkeit
The framework for this explorative study is provided by the multilingual situation in northern Germany, comprising Low German, North Frisian and Danish varieties. Drawing on language data from the late nineteenth century, the paper searches for quantitative indicators of typological distinctiveness. To this end, a measure of linguistic density based on an analysis of the frequency of exclusive variants within the particular repertoires is applied to the test case of North Frisian. Aside from this typological perspective, the study also examines the extent to which the density values obtained can be associated with language change in the region under discussion.