Westphalian and Eastphalian
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Westphalian and Eastphalian book
The delineation of these areas, and of the sub-divisions within them, is as fraught with problems as for any part of the German speech area. The traditional method of selecting the isogloss of an isolated linguistic feature to define such areas has long been regarded as arbitrary and thus unsatisfactory (cf. most recently Besch eta/. 1982/3: 808-14 and Wiesinger 1982). Notoriously, different features give very different results and there is the ever-present danger of making an a priori assumption that there is such an entity as 'the Westphalian dialect' and then finding that particular isogloss or set of isoglosses which most closely corresponds to this assumption. Selected important isoglosses are given on Map 6.