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»Französisch lernt er nicht verstehn'...«: Sprachpolitik und Sprachpraxis in der französischen Fremdenlegion (1920er bis 1960er Jahre)


Koller, Christian (2013). »Französisch lernt er nicht verstehn'...«: Sprachpolitik und Sprachpraxis in der französischen Fremdenlegion (1920er bis 1960er Jahre). Lebende Sprachen, 58(1):221-234.

Abstract

This article analyses linguistic aspects of the history of the French Foreign Legion, focussing on the period from the 20s to the 60s of the 20th century. Being composed of men from all over Europe and beyond and mainly deployed in extra-European territories, the Legion was influenced by the mother tongues of its members, by French as the unit’s official language and by native languages of the colonies. After an overview on the linguistic composition of the mercenary troop the article considers the Legion’s official linguistic policies, comparing them to the ones in other French colonial units, and the unique Legion jargon, which was shaped by the aforementioned linguistic influences.

Abstract

This article analyses linguistic aspects of the history of the French Foreign Legion, focussing on the period from the 20s to the 60s of the 20th century. Being composed of men from all over Europe and beyond and mainly deployed in extra-European territories, the Legion was influenced by the mother tongues of its members, by French as the unit’s official language and by native languages of the colonies. After an overview on the linguistic composition of the mercenary troop the article considers the Legion’s official linguistic policies, comparing them to the ones in other French colonial units, and the unique Legion jargon, which was shaped by the aforementioned linguistic influences.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:German
Date:2013
Deposited On:30 Dec 2014 08:51
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 09:22
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0023-9909
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/les-2013-0010
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=NEBIS&CON_LNG=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=000049966

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