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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Show devant! English fetishization in Ironman France
Author: Eric Russell Webb
Institution: University of California
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
French
Abstract: This paper examines the use of English-origin forms by Ironman France participants, with focus given to those having a widely used French equivalent (e.g. la finish and le bike). Investigation centres on print media, online discussion forums, and participant interviews. Innovative borrowings are argued to derive from a fetishization of English along the lines of Kelly Holmes (1997, 2000), whereby connotation is equally or more important than reference. It is further suggested that participants employ these innovative forms to distinguish themselves and solidify group identity, constituting a sort of sociolinguistic niche.

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This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 22, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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