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Guernsey French, identity and language endangerment

Sallabank, Julia (2006) 'Guernsey French, identity and language endangerment.' In: Omoniyi, Tope and White, Goodith, (eds.), The Sociolinguistics of Identity. London: Continuum, pp. 131-156. (Advances in Sociolinguistics)

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Abstract

This chapter looks examines the effects of identity on revitalization efforts in the context of a small and dwindling language community. It discusses the nature and inter-relationship of identity, ethnicity and culture, and their roles in language choice and attitudes, relating these to the ethnolinguistic vitality of the indigenous language in Guernsey. It is often assumed in discourse on language endangerment that language plays an significant part in identity, but this view is not necessarily consistent with the language shift taking place in many places around the world. This paper considers to what extent language shift entails the loss of part of speakers' identity, and the role of identity in language maintenance.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
ISBN: 9781847063328
Copyright Statement: (c) Tope Omoniyi, Goodith White and the authors
Depositing User: Julia Sallabank
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 15:44
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5296

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