The Status of French Among Youth in a Bilingual American-Canadian Border Community: The Case of Madawaska, Maine

The Status of French Among Youth in a Bilingual American-Canadian Border Community: The Case of Madawaska, Maine

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This study examines the status of the French language among young residents of Madawaska, Maine, a US-Canadian border community with a long history of bilingualism and contact with French speakers. This study views language status as having two distinct yet interrelated components: (1) code role, or characteristics associated with the use of a given language or variety, such as attitudes of speakers toward the variety and its use, the proficiency level of speakers, language use patterns, and so forth, and (2) code nature, or the state of the variety in question in terms of syntax, phonology and lexicon. The data, collected by means of four interview tasks, targeted both code role and code nature and sought to determine the general status of French among the younger residents of this community. In addition to the younger subject population, a small adult baseline population was also included in order to compare data across generations, so as to identify not just possible differences in code role, but also in code nature, including the possibility of language loss.If you do not watch French TV, why not? If you do not listen to French radio, why not? High F: 1.1 M: 1.7 ALL: 1.4 F: 1.5 M: 1.7 ALL: 1.6 F: Comprehension (1) Interest/preference (3) Dona#39;t watch TV (2) No answer (476) M: Comprehension (3 )anbsp;...


Title:The Status of French Among Youth in a Bilingual American-Canadian Border Community: The Case of Madawaska, Maine
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Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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