THE POSITION AND ROLE OF DIALECT AND STANDARD LANGUAGE IN GERMAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO SCHOOLING
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The author sketches the present-day linguistic situation in Switzerland and its historical background; then he discusses the main characteristics of bidialectalism in German-speaking parts of the country. As one of the most conspicuous features he mentions that Swiss German and Standard German coexist with an equal status and in well-differentiated functions. He gives a detailed overview of the place and role of local dialects and Standard German in schooling, and briefly considers the related reform-pedagogical attempts. He also summarises how German schools in Switzerland try to solve the not at all easy task that school-leavers should guard and retain their mother dialect while, at the same time, they should master standard (literary) German during their studies.
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