Attitudes and Language

Attitudes and Language PDF Author: Colin Baker
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781853591426
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 173

Book Description
The book aims to establish the concept of attitudes as more central to the study of minority and majority languages. The strong tradition of attitude theory and research from social psychology is made relevant to language restoration and decay. Original research shows how attitude to bilingualism is conceptually distinct from attitude to a specific language. A piece of research in Wales investigates the origins of language attitudes in individual differences and in environmental attributes.

Attitudes to Language

Attitudes to Language PDF Author: Peter Garrett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139486829
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages :

Book Description
Just about everyone seems to have views about language. Language attitudes and language ideologies permeate our daily lives. Our competence, intelligence, friendliness, trustworthiness, social status, group memberships, and so on, are often judged from the way we communicate. Even the speed at which we speak can evoke reactions. And we often try to anticipate such judgements as we communicate. In this lively introduction, Peter Garrett draws upon research carried out over recent decades in order to discuss such attitudes and the implications they have for our use of language, for social advantage or discrimination, and for social identity. Using a range of examples that includes punctuation, words, grammar, pronunciation, accents, dialects and languages, this book explores the intricate and fascinating ways in which language influences our everyday thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Young Language Learners' Motivation and Attitudes

Young Language Learners' Motivation and Attitudes PDF Author: Sybille Heinzmann
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441157832
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 288

Book Description
Taking three different perspectives, this book looks at primary school children's language learning motivation and language attitudes. In adopting a longitudinal perspective, the book fills a research gap and provides a macro-level analysis of motivational development over time. It reveals a surprising amount of stability in primary school children's motivational and attitudinal development. The comparative perspective looks at the learners' affective dispositions with regard to English (theorized as a 'global language') and French (theorized as a 'national language'). The comparisons between global language and national language are relevant across the world, especially in situations where instruction in languages other than English struggles to get attention. The results reveal sizeable differences between the two languages, with children being substantially more motivated to learn English than to learn French. Finally, the explanatory section identifies key antecedents of the learners' motivational and attitudinal dispositions - and thereby opens up paths for intervention relevant for those working in the field of language instruction.

Attitudes to Endangered Languages

Attitudes to Endangered Languages PDF Author: Julia Sallabank
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107030617
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 286

Book Description
Language attitudes and ideologies are of key importance in assessing the chances of success of revitalisation efforts for endangered languages. However, few book-length studies relate attitudes to language policies, or address the changing attitudes of non-speakers and the motivations of members of language movements. Through a combination of ethnographic research and quantitative surveys, this book presents an in-depth study of revitalisation efforts for indigenous languages in three small islands round the British Isles. The author identifies and confronts key issues commonly faced by practitioners and researchers working in small language communities with little institutional support. This book explores the complex relationship of ideologies, identity and language-related beliefs and practices, and examines the implications of these factors for language revitalisation measures. Essential reading for researchers interested in language endangerment and revitalisation, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and language policy and planning, as well as language planners and campaigners.

Language Attitudes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Language Attitudes in Sub-Saharan Africa PDF Author: Efurosibina E. Adegbija
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781853592393
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 130

Book Description
"This book argues for the need to empower African indigenous languages for greater functions in national life. It makes an important and useful contribution to the understanding of the sociolinguistic and sociopolitical dimensions of language attitudes in the sub-Saharan African language context." "Overall, the book will interest all sociolinguists, language in education researchers and scholars, language policy makers in multilingual situations, and even politicians. Also, anyone interested in the complex African language context will find the book very informative, even stirring, while those involved with language issues in multilingual situations all over the world will find Language Attitudes in Sub-Saharan Africa interesting, stimulating, and valuable."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation

Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation PDF Author: Zoltán Dörnyei
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1853598852
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 205

Book Description
This volume presents the results of the largest ever language attitude/motivation survey, involving over 13,000 teenage language learners in Hungary on three successive occasions: in 1993, 1999 and 2004. The results are not confined to the European environment but have wider implications concerning attitude change, motivational dynamics and language globalisation.

Language Attitudes Towards Kyrgyz and Russian

Language Attitudes Towards Kyrgyz and Russian PDF Author: Britta Korth
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039106059
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 312

Book Description
Language contact between Russian and Kyrgyz speakers in the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic and in present day Kyrgyzstan has historically been a source of conflict. With independence, the young state began its search for a new identity in which language played a crucial role. Communicative and symbolic necessities therefore had to be considered in the formulation of an adequate language policy. This book describes the sociolinguistic processes in independent Kyrgyzstan from an ethno-linguistic perspective and gives an overview of language policy in both the Soviet Union and independent Kyrgyzstan. Drawing on 25 in-depth interviews and observations conducted during two years of fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan, the author explains why, in contrast to the status of titular languages in other former Soviet republics, the Kyrgyz language in Kyrgyzstan is still dominated by Russian after more than a decade of independence.

New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World

New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World PDF Author: Talia Bugel
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9027261407
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 274

Book Description
The analysis of language attitudes is important not only because attitudes can affect language maintenance and language change but also because such reflections and discussions can bring light to social, cultural, political and educational matters that require an interdisciplinary approach. This volume fills a crucial void in the field of Hispanic and Lusophone linguistics by introducing the latest production in the discipline of attitudes toward Spanish, Spanish sign language, Portuguese, Guarani and Papiamentu around the world, from South America and the Caribbean to the United States, Spain and Japan. The studies presented in this collection – a variety of sociolinguistic scenarios and methodological approaches – will make an important contribution to theoretical discussions on linguistic attitudes, specifically in the domains of language integration through education, language policy, and language maintenance. This book is intended for sociolinguists, social scientists and scholars in the humanities as well as graduate students enrolled in sociolinguistics courses.