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Crossing The Divide

Language Transition Among Canadian Mennonite Brethren, 1940–1970

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This edition was published in by Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.

Written in English

249 pages

This book describes how Canadian, and then particularly Manitoba, Mennonite Brethren went through a painful process of exchanging German for English as their primary language of religious discourse and nurture. This language transition was complicated by the nature of Mennonite identity, grounded as it is in religion as well as ethnicity. The profound interconnection of religion, language, and identity invested the course of language transition with deeply felt passion and anxiety. In the end, the tension was resolved in an altered identity with the boundary markers of language and ethnicity becoming increasingly subordinate to more purely religious considerations of Mennonite Brethren identity.

~from the Introduction

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Crossing The Divide

Language Transition Among Canadian Mennonite Brethren, 1940–1970

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This book describes how Canadian, and then particularly Manitoba, Mennonite Brethren went through a painful process of exchanging German for English as their primary language of religious discourse and nurture. This language transition was complicated by the nature of Mennonite identity, grounded as it is in religion as well as ethnicity. The profound interconnection of religion, language, and identity invested the course of language transition with deeply felt passion and anxiety. In the end, the tension was resolved in an altered identity with the boundary markers of language and ethnicity becoming increasingly subordinate to more purely religious considerations of Mennonite Brethren identity.

~from the Introduction

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Crossing The Divide

Language Transition Among Canadian Mennonite Brethren, 1940–1970

This edition was published in by Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Contours of the Divide 1
2. Prologue to Confrontation 11
The Kanadier Come to the Brink of Change 12
The Arrival of the Russlaender 16
First Attempts to "Regulate the Situation" 25
3. Confrontation Engaged 39
Passions are Defined 39
The Committee for the German Language 42
Conflict and Threatening Alienation 47
Bilingualism Re-defined and Alienation Confirmed 52
4. Hope, Disillusionment, and Surrender 65
The Watershed Year, 1952 65
Still Attempting to "Regulate the Situation" 72
Paying the Price of Transition 79
5. Winkler Case Study: To the Brink of Schism 91
Initial Accommodation and Accelerating Change 92
Gathering Resistance 95
Denial, Suppression, and Manipulation 102
To the Brink of Schism 109
6. North End-Elmwood Case Study: Resisting the Tide of Change 121
The Language Issue Takes Shape 122
Incremental Bilingualism 128
Frustration, Alienation, and Malaise 138
Staving Off Linguistic Segregation 145
7. South End-Portage Avenue Case Study: From Denial to Suppression 155
Tensions Defined 156
Achieving the Minimum of Bilingualism 166
Bilingualism Reluctantly Expanded 172
Schism 178
Suppression Fails Again 185
8. Conclusion 193
The Scope and Sequence of Mennonite Brethren Language Transition 194
Factors Contributing to Language Transition 201
Sources and Bibliography 209
Primary Sources 209
Selected General Bibliography 211
Abbreviations and Endnotes 215
Glossary 237

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Copyright Date
2001

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Library of Congress
BX8129.M3735 C24 2001

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Open Library
OL25949179M
Internet Archive
CrossingTheDivideOCRopt
ISBN 10
1895432286
LC Control Number
2002392147
Amazon.com
1895432286

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