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Linguistic tug-of-war : French and German in Alsace, 1945

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Title: Linguistic tug-of-war : French and German in Alsace, 1945
Author: Kegel, Terry
Advisor: Swingle, Kari
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: This thesis investigates the linguistic effects of language contact between French and German in Alsace due to the German annexation of this region during World War II. The turbulent, tug-of-war history of Alsace has constantly challenged the Alsatian people to secure a stable cultural and national identity. This study focuses on understanding the development of the linguistic aspect of this Alsatian identity. My hypothesis is that there was a greater French influence on Alsatian speech after World War II due to the anti-German sentiment provoked by the harsh Nazi policies during the war. To test this hypothesis, this study analyzes and compares the type and regularity of lexical borrowings from French into German and from German into French in Alsatian newspapers in 1945.
Subject: Alemannic dialects -- France -- Alsace -- 20th century
Subject: Linguistic change -- France -- Alsace -- 20th century
Subject: Alsace (France) -- History -- 20th century
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