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Languages in Contact : Language Use in Restaurants in the German City of Grafenwoehr

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Maier, Patricia:
Languages in Contact : Language Use in Restaurants in the German City of Grafenwoehr.
Bayreuth , 2024
(Master's, 2023 , Universität Bayreuth, Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, Lehrstuhl Englische Sprachwissenschaft)

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The German city of Grafenwoehr is outstanding as 80% of its population is of American origin. This deeply influences the linguistic landscape and the languages used in Grafenwoehr’s daily life. As restaurants in Grafenwoehr are typical places where different people and their languages meet, they provide great insights into the written and spoken languages used in a natural language contact environment. By analyzing 1,496 Facebook posts and 23 menus of the 29 restaurants located in Grafenwoehr in autumn 2022, and completing a questionnaire with the restaurant owners, the research project focused on the following key aspects: different languages in spoken and written language use, outcomes of language contact in written language use, use of bi-/multilingualism in written language use and how the languages are separated, factors influencing language choice and therefore language use. The research project revealed a high percentage of language maintenance within the written language use and a relatively increased percentage of German-English bilingualism in a German small town. This shows that the language contact situation between English and German in Grafenwoehr is still at an initial stage. This deduction is also supported by the number of outcomes of language contact (code-switching, borrowing) within the written utterances. The following factors were identified as most influential on language use: location, topic, lifestyle, and the linguistic repertoires of the restaurant owners and the customers. All in all, the thesis allows for significant insights into the language contact situation in Grafenwoehr.

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Item Type: Master's, Magister, Diploma, or Admission thesis (Master's)
Keywords: Language Contact; Bilingualism; Multilingualism; English in Germany
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics > Chair English Linguistics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English, Old English languages
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2024 05:12
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 05:29