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By Vassberg

A German dialect spoken in Alsace (France), has speedily misplaced solution to French because 1945. This ebook investigates language selection, language attitudes and ethnic identification in Alsace this present day. The Alsatian case research issues out the advanced interrelationship of linguistic and id switch with old, social and mental tactics.

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The injunction 'Elsäisser, sprecht-eure Muttersprache,' at first, was less an invitation to speak the dialect than not to speak French. Later, it became a demand to use Hochdeutsch, even in ordinary everyday conversations something which had never been done in Alsace (Philipps, 1975: 234). Not only was it the aim of the Nazis to eradicate the French language in Alsace, and to make Alsatians forget about the French portion of their history, but it was the long-term goal of the Nazis to minimize anything strictly Alsatian, in order to emphasize their Germanness and to turn Alsatians into authentic Reichsdeutsche (Philipps, 1975: 229).

The injunction 'Elsäisser, sprecht-eure Muttersprache,' at first, was less an invitation to speak the dialect than not to speak French. Later, it became a demand to use Hochdeutsch, even in ordinary everyday conversations something which had never been done in Alsace (Philipps, 1975: 234). Not only was it the aim of the Nazis to eradicate the French language in Alsace, and to make Alsatians forget about the French portion of their history, but it was the long-term goal of the Nazis to minimize anything strictly Alsatian, in order to emphasize their Germanness and to turn Alsatians into authentic Reichsdeutsche (Philipps, 1975: 229).

Nor does 'minority group' refer to sheer numbers. In Belgium, the Flemish who have been perceived as a minority actually form 60% of the population. Likewise, in Alsace, Alsatian speakers comprise the majority of the population. Again, the term primarily reflects the fact that the language of the minority group Page 6 has usually been neglected, disdained, or discouraged. Minority speakers are not necessarily economically disadvantaged, as is often the case among US minorities, for instance. My study is limited by various factors such as small geographical area considered, relatively small number of respondents, and inherent weaknesses of the questionnaire approach.

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