Event Title

The Role of Oral Literature in the Preservation of French in Maine

Presenter Information

Pamela Alakai, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 243

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

This project will consist of finding out to what extent oral literature helped in the preservation of French in Maine. What methods do francophones use to preserve, not only their French language, but also their French heritage? In a state where English is a prevalent language, do they manage to convince the youth about the importance of French and its preservation? Does story telling still have an important role in the transmission of French language, heritage and culture from the old to the new generation? Does it help overcome the stigma long associated with Franco-Americans? I will be interviewing Francophones in Waterville, Augusta, and Lewiston.

Faculty Sponsor

Benedicte Mauguiere

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. French and Italian Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

98

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May 1st, 9:00 AM May 1st, 10:00 AM

The Role of Oral Literature in the Preservation of French in Maine

Diamond 243

This project will consist of finding out to what extent oral literature helped in the preservation of French in Maine. What methods do francophones use to preserve, not only their French language, but also their French heritage? In a state where English is a prevalent language, do they manage to convince the youth about the importance of French and its preservation? Does story telling still have an important role in the transmission of French language, heritage and culture from the old to the new generation? Does it help overcome the stigma long associated with Franco-Americans? I will be interviewing Francophones in Waterville, Augusta, and Lewiston.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/332