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Mon Jul 12 2010

Books: Sociolinguistics: Szlezak

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        1.    Boris Berttram-Franzen, Franco-Americans in Massachusetts: Szlezak

Message 1: Franco-Americans in Massachusetts: Szlezak
Date: 06-Jul-2010
From: Boris Berttram-Franzen <berttramnarr.de>
Subject: Franco-Americans in Massachusetts: Szlezak
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Title: Franco-Americans in Massachusetts
Series Title: Language in Performance, vol. 40
Published: 2010
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
                http://www.narr.de/

Book URL: http://www.narr.de/isbn.php?isbn=978-3-8233-6449-8

Author: Edith Szlezak
Paperback: ISBN: 9783823364498 Pages: 325 Price: Europe EURO 64.00
Abstract:

Within the United States of America, French is of importance in only two
areas, Louisiana and New England, the latter often being referred to as the
Québec d'en bas for its high number of French-Canadian immigrants. Among
the six states that constitute New England, Massachusetts is the one that
attracted most of them, Québécois as well as Acadiens. Despite the high
number of citizens of French-Canadian origin and the proximity to Canada,
French has been losing ground as a langue du foyer in all of New England
but especially in the southern part. This sociolinguistic study
concentrates on the process of language decay among the French-Canadian
population of Massachusetts.

Based on a corpus consisting of 87qualitative interviews and a quantitative
questionnaire survey of 392 questions in 7 areas (covering the centers of
French-Canadian immigration throughout Massachusetts), this study
approaches the topic in a new, broader angle by encompassing the following
aspects: ananalysis of U.S. Census data on ancestry and language use, an
overview of the history of French-Canadian presence in Massachusetts,
various specificities of the varieties of Canadian French spoken there, as
well as ananalysis of the extralinguistic factors, such as the
heterogeneity of the French-speaking population, and the intralinguistic
consequences, such as unskilled code-switching,of language decay.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Anglistics
                            General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            French (fra)

Written In: English (eng )

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