ERIC Number: ED339228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Langue et rapports sociaux. Analyse des language d'usage chez des Italiens de deuxieme generation (Language and Social Relationships. Analysis of Languages Used by Second-Generation Italians).
A study investigated the choice of language (French, English, or Italian) for different activities and with different individuals among second-generation Italians in Quebec through interviews with 12 adults. The report first provides a sociolinguistic profile of the subjects and identifies the social factors associated with language choice in various situations. The subsequent analysis focuses on the relationships between these factors and social interaction. Results indicate that Italian predominates over English in domestic activities, where a stable bilingualism exists. In occupational activities, English and French dominate. In the domestic realm, division of labor by gender leads women to use Italian more than men, while in the occupational and associative sphere, a similar division of labor does not appear to be linked to differential language choice. Language use in public activities seems to be determined more by social/ethnic relationships. Competition between ethnic groups for domains or occupational territory translates into ethno-linguistic division of labor. It appears that for sociopolitical reasons, Italian remains the common language among different generations of Italians in Montreal. Interview and profile forms are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Center for Research on Language Planning, Quebec (Quebec).
Identifiers: Canada; Italian Canadians; Quebec