Thursday, October 07, 2004

Bilingualism is our future ... teach the children Alsatian!

I have posted both of these for an interested interlocutor. This map of Alsace shows the diversity of dialect in a small territory. Indeed, there are different strands, depending on how each area relates to the German world.

Cartoon telling people to preserve the Alsatian dialect. The young boy asks in French, "Grandfather, why are there not more storks in Alsace?" (The stork is a regional symbol.)

The response in dialect: "When the storks fly over Alsace, they hear French spoken everywhere, then they think that they have not yet arrived and they fly on."

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