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By Liliane M. Vassberg

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ISBN-13: 9780585125930

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A German dialect spoken in Alsace (France), has speedily misplaced option to French due to the fact that 1945. This booklet investigates language selection, language attitudes and ethnic identification in Alsace at the present time. The Alsatian case learn issues out the advanced interrelationship of linguistic and id switch with old, social and mental methods.

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And educators are encouraged to bring more interest to the matter of regional language and culture, and to experiment. If the tone of the circular is benevolent, my interviews of educators in the Mulhouse area, in 1987, show that some of the old problems persist: poor pay for teachers, odd hours, etc. Although repeated surveys have shown that parents are in favor of introducing the < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 study of German in elementary schools, attempts met with little success, since the weekly three hours of teaching of German were not compulsory for students or for teachers.

It is no wonder then that most Alsatians felt the desire to get rid of anything that reminded them of the German occupation and by extension, of their burdensome Germanic language (Philipps, 1975: 247). In some sense, too, Alsatians could blame their dialect for their miseries. Was it not because of the dialect that Hitler could refer to Alsace's place in Deutschtum? And was not the forced enlistment of young Alsatians into the Wehrmacht considerably facilitated by their knowledge of a Germanic dialect?

Informants included 73 men and 33 women. All were divided in three age categories: 56 years old and older, 31 to 55, and those who were less than 30. Roughly one-third of the informants were employed in agriculture, but there were also a number of former farmers who had changed professions, and who were now working in banks, as functionaries, or who had opened small businesses. 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.

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