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

  • 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.

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Author:Terry Kegel
Advisor:Kari Swingle
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2003
Year of first Publication:2003
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Granting Institution:Swarthmore College
Release Date:2014/11/25
Tag:20th century; Alemannic dialects; Alsace; Linguistic change
Page Number:64
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 43 Deutsch, germanische Sprachen allgemein / 430 Germanische Sprachen; Deutsch
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Sammlung Elsaß und Lothringen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 3.0