Regionalization, identity construction and language norms: How do linguistic variations influence the determination of identity in Bavaria and Quebec?


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How do the media mirror the issue of regionalization (press, TV, internet)? Which actions do Bavaria and Quebec take in order to protect and foster regional dialects? Can one compare the language awareness and policy of Bavaria to that of Quebec? These and other questions were at the center of a two-week stay in Bavaria’s partner province Quebec for a group of students from the University of Augsburg. The seminar, which was organised in form of an excursion by the Department of Roman Linguistics, brought the students with an intense program (lectures, bilateral seminars, interviews and discussions with media representatives) to Sherbrooke, Montréal and Ottawa.

15 students from Augsburg University presented the outcome of this project on June 26th at the Bavarian Research Alliance (Bayerische Forschungsallianz). In the presence of Dr. Florence Gauzy, Senior Scientific Officer at the Bayerische Forschungsallianz, and Mr. Steve Boilard, Counsellor at the Quebec Ministry of International Relationships, they focused on the five areas they had been concentrating their research on since November 2011: Language and politics; Meta-language communication; “Dialectalismes et régionalismes dans les médias”; Integration of regional dialects in dictionaries; Immigration and (linguistic) integration policy.

The complete corpus of insights and empirical material the students had gathered became the basis for an online platform, to which all participants contributed their own text.

This innovative academic teaching project stands in the context of the internationalization of academy in Bavaria as well as in Quebec, and offers an interdisciplinary approach to current Quebec studies.