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A STUDY OF LANGUAGE AND REGIONAL IDENTITIES IN A SMALL OCCITAN VILLAGE

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2009
Abstract/Description:
This exploratory study utilized qualitative methods to approach regional language abilities of local respondents and how it affects their regional identity. The theoretical framework of this study explored some of the tenets of symbolic interaction emphasizing on identity theory and how the flexible aspect of face-to-face interaction can define the self and someone's regional identity as it relates to their regional language use. Data for this study were collected in a small Occitan village in Southern France. In particular, the study explored the link between an individual residential setting, his/her age and his/her ability to speak the regional language. The results indicate that the ability to speak the specific regional or even sub regional language does not greatly affect an individual's regional identity, thus potentially contributing to the continuing decline of that language in the region. Furthermore, that future studies are merited to explore whether these results are specific or if they can more broadly be applied to other Occitan regions or elsewhere where regional languages are spoken.
Title: A STUDY OF LANGUAGE AND REGIONAL IDENTITIES IN A SMALL OCCITAN VILLAGE.
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Name(s): sacleux, patrick, Author
rivera, fernando, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This exploratory study utilized qualitative methods to approach regional language abilities of local respondents and how it affects their regional identity. The theoretical framework of this study explored some of the tenets of symbolic interaction emphasizing on identity theory and how the flexible aspect of face-to-face interaction can define the self and someone's regional identity as it relates to their regional language use. Data for this study were collected in a small Occitan village in Southern France. In particular, the study explored the link between an individual residential setting, his/her age and his/her ability to speak the regional language. The results indicate that the ability to speak the specific regional or even sub regional language does not greatly affect an individual's regional identity, thus potentially contributing to the continuing decline of that language in the region. Furthermore, that future studies are merited to explore whether these results are specific or if they can more broadly be applied to other Occitan regions or elsewhere where regional languages are spoken.
Identifier: CFE0002911 (IID), ucf:48015 (fedora)
Note(s): 2009-12-01
M.A.
Sciences, Department of Sociology
Masters
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Subject(s): sociology
regional language
regional identity
symbolic interaction
patoi
France
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0002911
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Host Institution: UCF

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