Peasant men can't get wives: language change and sex roles in a bilingual community

  title={Peasant men can't get wives: language change and sex roles in a bilingual community},
  author={Susan Gal},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={1 - 16}
  • S. Gal
  • Published 1 April 1978
  • Linguistics
  • Language in Society
ABSTRACT Language shift from German–Hungarian bilingualism to the exclusive use of German is occurring in the community discussed. Young women are further along in the direction of this change than older people and young men. The linguistic contrast between German and Hungarian is shown to represent the social dichotomy between a newly available worker status and traditional peasant status; thus the choice of language in interaction is part of a speaker's presentation of self. Young women's… 

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