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ERIC Number: ED472653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 15
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Bilingualism through the Eyes of Monolinguals and Bilinguals. Attitudes of Adolescents from Slovenia and Italy.
Furlan, Marina
This study assessed differences in attitudes toward bilingualism within and between two groups of monolingual and bilingual adolescents in two neighboring regions, Slovene Istra and the coastal area of Italy. Participants were 227 monolingual and bilingual secondary school students who provided demographic information and completed a scale that measured attitudes toward bilingualism. The scale included sentences reflecting both positive and negative attitudes toward bilingualism. Items that reflected integrative attitudes toward bilingualism were those in which there was a tendency toward linguistic and/or national affiliation, interpersonal communication, and individual development. Items reflecting instrumental functions of bilingualism were those that showed a utilitarian urge to be bilingual. Sample items included the following: bilinguals fear contact with monolinguals, and to be bilingual is to have greater opportunity to become successful. Multivariate analysis of variance highlighted statistically significant differences in the attitudes of monolingual versus bilingual students. Both monolingual and bilingual students tended to depend on "in-group" and "out-group" judgments, and they both tended to linguistically "stay put." When integrative attitudes were compared, there were differences only between linguistically diverse adolescents in coastal Slovenia, while differences in instrumental attitudes were found between all analyzed samples. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy; Slovenia