By Liliane M. Vassberg
A German dialect spoken in Alsace (France), has swiftly misplaced method to French seeing that 1945. This booklet investigates language selection, language attitudes and ethnic id in Alsace this day. The Alsatian case examine issues out the complicated interrelationship of linguistic and id switch with old, social and mental approaches.
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Extra resources for Alsatian Acts Of Identity: Language Use and Language Attitude (Multilingual Matters, 90)
The questionnaire focused on linguistic usage in the family or in the neighborhood. The researchers tested the hypothesis that rural areas are linguistically more conservative, as well as the assertion, made in various studies, that the family is the stronghold of threatened language varieties. 6% of the respondents reported that they could speak Alsatian fluently, compared to 100% for both the middle-aged and the older generations. 7% for the older group. 7%). Tabouret-Keller & Luckel do not say so, but many of the over 31-year-olds had gone to German school during the pre1918 and post-1945 periods, which may account partly for the high knowledge of German.
Olson, 1974: 52-5) Olson notes that Alsatian borrows mainly from French. He refers to code-switching as a 'charabia' or a 'Sprachsalat' deplored by 'those who attach importance to the purity of their dialect' (Olson, 1974: 54). Olson mentions that Alsatians born before 1910, who have gone to German-speaking schools, often speak poor French, as do those who were between eight and ten years of age in 1940, who also went to school in German, especially if they have remained in a dialectal environment (Olson, 1974: 52-3).
Ladin explains that French is the language of prestige, of fashions, elegant living, and refinement, and women may be more sensitive to these characteristics. Most women also find work in < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 the service industry, which is dominated by French (Ladin, 1982: 188). Women traditionally have been at home, and more closely connected with the upbringing of their children. They help them with their homework, and they confer with teachers.
Alsatian Acts Of Identity: Language Use and Language Attitude (Multilingual Matters, 90) by Liliane M. Vassberg