ERIC Number: ED294459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Connaissance et utilisation des deux langues en milieu partiellement bilingue (Knowledge and Use of Two Languages in a Partially Bilingual Situation).
Enparantza, Jose Luis Alvarez
A study of the difference between knowledge and use of two languages by bilinguals in a partially bilingual situation looks at what is known about language knowledge and language usage, the linguistic and communication tensions affecting monolinguals in a community, some special cases, and the possibilities for diachronic analysis of language choice. It proposes a statistical method of analyzing the relationship that helps to understand such factors as diglossia and linguistic loyalty, the interactions of monolinguals and bilinguals, and bilingual language dominance or choice. Special cases considered include total language loyalty on the part of bilinguals, the death of the minority language, and usage levels by new couples and their offspring. A case is made for using the analytical method to study trends in language choice over time. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level, Language Dominance, Language Research, Language Usage, Social Environment, Statistical Analysis
International Center for Research on Bilingualism, Pavillon Casault, Universite Laval, Quebec, P.Q., Canada G1K 7P4.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.