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Title: Franco-Americans in Massachusetts
Written By: Edith Szlezak
URL: http://www.narr.de/isbn.php?isbn=978-3-8233-6449-8
Series Title: Language in Performance, vol. 40
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Anglistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783823364498
Pages: 325
Prices: Europe EURO 64.00