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Competing language ideologies about societal multilingualism among cross-border workers in Luxembourg

Julia de Bres

Abstract

Cross-border workers, who live in the surrounding border regions of France, Belgium and Germany, now make up 44 percent of the workforce in Luxembourg. This increasing presence of ``foreigners'' is prompting substantial change to Luxembourg's traditionally triglossic language situation, where Luxembourgish, French and German have coexisted in public use. In this situation, competing language ideologies emerge reflecting the interests of different groups. Through analysis of metalinguistic discourse in interviews with thirty cross-border workers in Luxembourg, this article examines how the language ideologies of cross-border workers might contribute to competing perspectives on societal multilingualism in Luxembourg.

Published Online: 2014-4-8
Published in Print: 2014-5-1

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