This chapter examines variation in the situated meanings of the term Biodeutsche(r), a term which has emerged relatively recently as a way to refer to people who are German by descent (i.e., not of migration background). This analysis shows that use of this term reflects competing discourses about the role of ethnicity in national belonging in Germany. While the origin and many uses of the term challenge the validity of ethnicity as a basis for legitimacy in German society, some of the data suggest that it has also been adopted as a supposedly neutral term to describe a segment of the German population, which supports an ethnonational ideology.
|Title of host publication||Language Variation - European Perspectives VIII|
|Subtitle of host publication||Selected papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), Leeuwarden, June 2019|
|Editors||Hans van de Velde, Nanna Haug Hilton, Remco Knooihuizen|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishers|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - Jun-2021|
|Name||Studies in Language Variation|