The evolution of regional language maintenance in Southern Alsace and Northern Catalonia: A longitudinal study of two regional communities

Broadbridge, Olive Judith and Marley, Dawn (2018) The evolution of regional language maintenance in Southern Alsace and Northern Catalonia: A longitudinal study of two regional communities. In: French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century. Springer Link, pp. 265-285. ISBN Hbk: 978-3-319-95938-2; Ebk: 978-3-319-95939-9

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Abstract

This chapter revisits two regional language situations that were examined by the authors in the early 1990s: Catalan and Alsatian. Questionnaire surveys were conducted in Alsace and Roussillon, to gauge usage of and attitudes towards the two languages. The findings were analysed in terms of ethnolinguistic vitality and of Fishman’s 1991 model of Reversing Language Shift, concluding that the future was cautiously optimistic, largely due to changing attitudes across Europe. Nearly a quarter of a century later, a longitudinal study of the two communities seeks to evaluate how the situation has changed. Using recent quantitative data, combined with a review of the linguistic landscape, the chapter reassesses the situation and offers a balanced and comparative analysis of the way in which the two linguistic areas have evolved over the last 25 years.


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