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    On the impact of sociolinguistic change in literature: the last trilingual writers in Alsace

    Gardner-Chloros, Penelope (2013) On the impact of sociolinguistic change in literature: the last trilingual writers in Alsace. Modern Language Review 108 (4), pp. 1086-1102. ISSN 0026-7937.

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    Abstract

    This paper argues that the sociolinguistic background is a relevant part of literary analysis, especially in multilingual settings. Twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers in Alsace (e.g. Arp, Vigée, Weckmann) have continued to deploy a trilingual repertoire (French, German, Alsatian Dialect), characteristic of this area's literature for centuries. Strategic language choices, code-switching, and self-translation characterize their work and give it a sense of identity. But sociolinguistic surveys show that knowledge of Alsatian and German is declining in Alsace; this trilingual output is therefore the swansong of a dying breed.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication (to 2020)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2014 13:45
    Last Modified: 20 Mar 2014 13:45
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9374

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