|School print for learning Gronings at the book market of the Dag van de Grunneger Toal. (MD)|
|Overview of the varieties of Gronings. (Wikipedia)|
This fear was not apparent at the Dag of the Grunneger Toal. Coming from a non-Dutch Erasmus student, the Dag was quite the opposite. "Judging on my own experience, I can say the Day of Groninger Language is a great possibility to get acquainted with the authentic culture of Groningen. Not so much mythologised or preserved not by taught 'mediators', but by ordinary (usually, elderly) people." He is amazed by the versatility of such a, relatively, small dialect in a tiny region of the Netherlands.
As a group of four, we profited of the Dag van de Grunneger Toal as an opportunity to carry out fieldwork by means of interviewing visitors. These interviews made use of self-assessment in Grunnegs and questions on their language ideologies and opinions on Gronings and Groningers (locals). At the end the participants had to do a picture-naming task, a quick count to 10 and read a short list of local words. This way, participants could test their knowledge of Gronings. We interviewed more than ten people on the Dag. Most participants were older that 65, and rated themselves high on their Gronings proficiency. The results were filmed and streamed during the Dag itself, after which a master student of the Master Multilingualism (also from the RUG) will further analyse them for her own research.
|Enjoying ourselves at the Dag. (KK)|
Overall, the Dag was a great experience where we had a lot of fun. We did great interviews with wonderful people, tasted wonderful local food (we recommend stamppot mous with rookworst to everyone), visited the book market, and, were lucky enough to meet (and interview) famous Groninger singer 'Rooie Rinus'. Lastly, we went to an interesting lecture about the Future of Gronings (Toukomst van het Grunnegs) by our own professor Goffe Jensma, Marlene Bakker (a Groninger singer), and poet Jan Glas. All in all, we learned a lot and very much look forward to next year. Moi!
BY: MD, AD, NH, TB
Jensma, Goffe, Marlene Bakker, and Jan Glas. "Toukomst van het Grunnegs". Lezing. Groninger Archieven (17 March, 2018).