Boter, brood en groene kaas

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Boter, brood en groene kaas

Type: Master thesis
Title: Boter, brood en groene kaas
Author: Asscher, Francesca
Issue Date: 2018-08-30
Keywords: language maintenance
language shift
Minority language
heritage language
Abstract: This research investigates the extent of importance Frisian parents consider whilst passing the Frisian language over to the next generation. The results were generated statistically through a survey that was forwarded to parents of students in the second, third and fourth year of primary school. The following information was collected from the parents: * The governing language used in the household; * Influential factors of the language choice; * The opinion on the importance of learning Frisian; * The opinion on bilingualism in general. The results indicate that the parents made a conscious choice of their native language. 29% of the respondents speak Frisian at home, exclusively, whilst 49% speak both Dutch and Frisian. The main reason for the choice of speaking Frisian with the next generation is the positive view on bilingualism and the strong will to pass the Frisian language and culture to the next generation. The conclusion of this research shows that the Frisian language is likely to survive and the expectation of a complete language shift from Frisian to Dutch within the next generation is highly unlikely.
Supervisor: Rutten, Gijsbert
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Neerlandistiek (Master)
ECTS Credits: 20

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