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A German dialect spoken in Alsace (France), has speedily misplaced technique to French because 1945. This booklet investigates language selection, language attitudes and ethnic id in Alsace at the present time. The Alsatian case learn issues out the advanced interrelationship of linguistic and id swap with ancient, social and mental procedures.

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A German dialect spoken in Alsace (France), has swiftly misplaced technique to French because 1945. This publication investigates language selection, language attitudes and ethnic id in Alsace at the present time. The Alsatian case research issues out the advanced interrelationship of linguistic and identification swap with historic, social and mental procedures.

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The dialect is likely to be spoken in family circles, among friends, in cafes, in some factory workshops, and in senior citizens' clubs. The standard written and cultivated form of the dialect is Hochdeutsch (High German), but the latter is hardly ever spoken among Alsatians. The vast majority of speakers of Alsatian today are also speakers of French. The older bilinguals are often Alsatian dominant, while the younger ones may feel more at home in French. Furthermore, existing studies point to an erosion of the functional distribution of Alsatian and French, which seemed clearer in the past.

The 1982 census showed the population to be approximately 1,500,000 of whom around 248,700 live in Strasbourg, 62,500 live in Colmar, and 113,794 in Mulhouse (INSEE, Chiffres pour l'Asace, 1988: 26). Alsace is at one of Europe's major crossroads, where the north south route along the Rhine links Northern to Southern Europe, and where the east west route links Paris to Munich, Vienna, and Milan. The Alsatian Dialect The following brief discussion aims at situating Alsatian among other varieties of German.

Administratively, Alsace is divided into two départments: the Bas-Rhin (administrative capital, Strasbourg) and the Haut-Rhin (administrative capital, Mulhouse). The 1982 census showed the population to be approximately 1,500,000 of whom around 248,700 live in Strasbourg, 62,500 live in Colmar, and 113,794 in Mulhouse (INSEE, Chiffres pour l'Asace, 1988: 26). Alsace is at one of Europe's major crossroads, where the north south route along the Rhine links Northern to Southern Europe, and where the east west route links Paris to Munich, Vienna, and Milan.

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