Languages in Contact: French, German and Romansh in twentieth-century Switzerland

Languages in Contact: French, German and Romansh in twentieth-century Switzerland

By: Uriel Weinreich (author), Ronald I. Kim (contributor), William Labov (contributor)Hardback

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The appearance of Uriel Weinreich's Languages in Contact: Findings and Problems (1953) marked a milestone in the study of multilingualism and language contact. Yet until now, few linguists have been aware that its main themes were first laid out in Weinreich's Columbia University doctoral dissertation of 1951, Research Problems in Bilingualism with Special Reference to Switzerland. Based on the author's fieldwork, it contains a detailed report on language contact in Switzerland in the first half of the 20th century, especially along the French-German linguistic border and between German and Romansh in the canton of Grisons (Graubunden). The present edition reproduces Weinreich's original text in full, with only minor alterations and corrections, as well as the author's fieldwork photographs and many of his hand-drawn diagrams. A new foreword reviews Weinreich's life and legacy, as well as developments in contact linguistics and the Swiss linguistic situation over the past 60 years. With selected comments on noteworthy points and references to more recent literature, this volume will be of interest not only to those working on the languages of Switzerland, or specialists in language contact, but all scholars today whose work builds on the broad and lasting foundations laid over half a century ago by Uriel Weinreich.


1. List of tables; 2. List of figures; 3. Introduction; 4. Foreword to the original; 5. Chapter 1. The bilingual individual; 6. Chapter 2. Patterns of bilingual communities; 7. Chapter 3. Linguistic problems of bilingualism; 8. Chapter 4. Switzerland as a quadrilingual country; 9. Chapter 5. Intralingual relations: Contact between standard language and dialect; 10. Chapter 6. French-German bilingualism: General characteristics; 11. Chapter 7. Case study: A static bilingual situation in the canton of Fribourg; 12. Chapter 8. The linguistic effects of bilingualism in Fribourg; 13. Chapter 9. German-Romansh bilingualism: General characteristics; 14. Chapter 10. Case study: A dynamic bilingual situation in Central Grisons; 15. Chapter 11. Reversing language shift: The Romansh language movement in Central Grisons; 16. Chapter 12. The linguistic effects of bilingualism in Central Grisons; 17. Chapter 13. German-Italian bilingualism; 18. Chapter 14. Conclusions; 19. Appendix A: Excerpts from interviews with bilingual children; 20. Poll of Chur students concerning their language background; 21. Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9789027211873
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 401
  • ID: 9789027211873
  • weight: 930
  • ISBN10: 9027211876

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