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"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"$
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Anna Servaes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462104

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462104.001.0001

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Linguistic, Material, and Religious Symbols

Linguistic, Material, and Religious Symbols

(p.188) Chapter Twelve Linguistic, Material, and Religious Symbols
"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Anna Servaes

University Press of Mississippi

Speech communities develop to express particular cultural traits and their language may be used only for a specific function as in the Guiannée. Members of a speech community may belong to more than one language community. The Guiannée becomes a medium of communication, replacing everyday language and connecting the Franco-American communities. Other linguistic symbols include music, which crosses cultural boundaries, and signs in French identifying historical homes, streets, and businesses. The historic homes and other architectural buildings represent the material symbols. The Calvary, the chalice, the religious celebrations around Christmas and New Year’s Eve reflect the religious symbols for the Franco-American identity. The continuity of this identity extends to public demonstrations in colonial disguise because of budget cuts that closed the French historical sites, eliminating the community’s efforts to express their cultural heritage. The Guiannée, among other celebrations, symbolizes the continuity of a common heritage.

Keywords:   Speech Community, Medium of Communication, Linguistic, Material, Religious Symbols, Continuity, Common Heritage

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