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dc.contributor.authorYu, S
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-12T04:46:34Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-22T02:31:29Z
dc.date.available2011-08-12T04:46:34Z
dc.date.available2011-08-22T02:31:29Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.date.issued2011-08-12
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Asian Pacific Communication, vol.20(1), pp.1 - 22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/1778
dc.description.abstractIt has been widely accepted that parental language beliefs play a crucial role in language maintenance. Studies show that Chinese immigrants are not exempted from language shift although they are frequently reported cherishing their language as an important part of their culture. This paper attempts to find out how parental language beliefs reflect their daily language behaviour. Eight recent Chinese migrant families had 60 minutes of conversation recorded each month for one calendar year. Their language use has been analyzed and compared with the information gathered from a home language use questionnaire. Results show that there is a substantial gap between parental language beliefs and their actual language behaviour. Although the parents state they strongly support mother tongue maintenance, within 28 months, the use of mother tongue had dropped significantly and there is very little evidence showing much effort from the parents to prevent this from happening. This could be either because they want their children to keep their first language but do not know how to do this, or, their language beliefs are different from their behaviour. This should raise methodological issues regarding how to interpret parental language beliefs properly in the research area.
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
dc.relation.replaceshttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/1699
dc.relation.replaces10292/1699
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1075/japc.20.1.01yu
dc.rightsIn certain circumstances, permission is not required for authors who wish to reuse original material they have written for a John Benjamins publication. The subsequent use is on condition that full acknowledgement of the original publication (provided the original work has been published) and copyright notice is given.
dc.titleHow much does parental language behaviour reflect their language beliefs in language maintenance?
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.identifier.doi10.1075/japc.20.1.01yu


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