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ERIC Number: ED376704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Maintenance of the Spanish Language as Reflected by Adolescents of Chilean, Peruvian, and Spanish Background in Sydney.
Thurstun, Jennifer
This study examined the language and cultural attitudes of 45 bilingual Spanish/English adolescents of Spanish, Peruvian, and Chilean background enrolled in Saturday Spanish programs in Sydney, Australia. Each student had at least one parent whose first language was Spanish. A 60-item questionnaire designed to elicit information on factors considered important for language learning and maintenance was administered. The survey found that although each national group indicated high interest in learning and maintaining the Spanish language, a consistently stronger tendency towards language maintenance was exhibited by Peruvian-background students and towards assimilation by the Chilean-background students, with the Spanish-background students on average taking an intermediary position. The study indicates the need for considering the different Spanish-speaking nationalities separately when considering their attitudes toward language maintenance and assimilation. (Contains 34 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia