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language politics in the middle age in western Austria
I just come back from a trip to the Austrian Alps. In one of the valleys,
Walsertal, western Austria bordering to Italy, I found a panel that gave the
history of its inhabitants that moved there in the 14th century.
Next to some other reasons, the Walser population (people from a german speaking
region in today`s Switzerland) were invited by the local feudal German speaking
power, to move into this valley because they spoke a Germanic language and coud
counter the linguistic influence of the Italian (romansch)dialects/languages
that still remain there as names of most of the mountains and passes.....