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ERIC Number: ED415674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Language Attitudes in the Second Generation Japanese Group in Melbourne.
Nasu, Tsuneo
This study investigated language attitudes and Japanese language maintenance among a group of second-generation Japanese in Melbourne (Australia). Subjects were 66 Japanese high school students (second-generation) attending Japanese-language schools and 109 Japanese mothers (first-generation) self-identified as Japanese-identity, non-Japanese-identity, and indifferent to ethnicity. The latter group was further divided into war brides, Non-Japanese-Spouse (NJS) wives, and Japanese-Spouse (JS) wives. Data were drawn from a questionnaire survey, matched-guise technique, and subjective ethnolinguistic vitality survey. Results suggest that social identity determines children's language maintenance, with children of Japanese war brides likely to shift most rapidly to English, followed by those of NJS wives. Overall, children's Japanese use is declining in the home and in interactions with Japanese spouses. Children whose mother has non-Japanese identity are especially likely to shift to English rapidly, so Japanese spouses' identity, particularly Japanese wives' social identity, is one factor that influences children's Japanese maintenance or shift. Contains 20 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia