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Title: Multilingualism and English
Subtitle: The Canton of Zurich as a linguistic paradigm
Written By: Agnieszka Stepkowska
Series Title: Warsaw Studies in English Language and Literature

This study examines the use of English in Switzerland from a multilingual perspective based on a corpus of 400 interviews collected in the German speaking Canton of Zurich. It presents a framework for explaining the linguistic interaction that arises as a result of the use of a «globalizing» language in a multilingual context. It has given the relationships that obtain between the various Swiss national languages a hierarchical character. The proposed Swiss framework indicates – viewed through a macro-sociolinguistic lens – that the present linguistic situation in Switzerland seems to reflect a growing symbiotic relationship between English and the Swiss vernaculars.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631639207
Pages: 411
Prices: U.S. $ 78.95
U.K. £ 49.00
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