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Multilingualism and English

The Canton of Zurich as a linguistic paradigm

2013. Buch. 411 S. 49 Charts. Hardcover

Peter Lang Frankfurt. ISBN 978-3-631-63920-7

Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm

Gewicht: 630 g

In englischer Sprache


This study examines the use of English in Switzerland from a multilingual perspective based on a corpus of 400 interviews collected in the German speaking Canton of Zurich. It presents a framework for explaining the linguistic interaction that arises as a result of the use of a «globalizing» language in a multilingual context. It has given the relationships that obtain between the various Swiss national languages a hierarchical character. The proposed Swiss framework indicates - viewed through a macro-sociolinguistic lens - that the present linguistic situation in Switzerland seems to reflect a growing symbiotic relationship between English and the Swiss vernaculars.


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