Language maintenance and language shift among first generation Franco-Mauritians

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Patron, Marie-Claire Patron (2005) Language maintenance and language shift among first generation Franco-Mauritians. In D. Cunningham & Aniko Hatoss (Eds.), An international perspective on language policies, practices and proficiencies (pp. 393-416). Belgrave: FIPLV.

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[extract] A gap exists in this field of study [LMLS, or Language Maintenance and Shift] where Franco-Mauritians are concerned. Individual figures relating to LMLS in this community group as a separate entity are not readily available, although Clyne’s (1991) studies refer occasionally to the Mauritian community as a whole, which would necessarily incorporate the divergent groups consisting of Franco-, Sino-, Indo-, Creole- and Anglo-Mauritians. It is therefore important to investigate how individual language groups from Mauritius maintain their language. This paper will focus on the pattern of LMLS among first generation Franco-Mauritians to examine how French is maintained in a single community.

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