ERIC Number: ED500842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Issues of Language Use among the Guatemalan-Maya of Southeast Florida
Gladwin, R. F.
Online Submission, Florida Foreign Language Journal v2 n1 p8-15 2004
Using oral survey methods, this study examined potential language maintenance or loss of Mayan languages among the Guatemalan-Maya communities of Southeast Florida. Among dislocated immigrants and their children, the language of the dominant socio-economic forces often displaces other languages (Fishman, 1967). A Guatemalan community in Los Angeles, California was studied and predicted to be in a state of transitional Spanish/Mayan/English trilingualism to eventual Spanish/English bilingualism with Mayan language loss (Penalosa, 1985). Focusing on current language use and intergenerational language maintenance, this study predicts a similar potential future for the Guatemalan-Maya of Southeast Florida, unless contexts for use and strong legitimacy of Mayan languages are developed among community members.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A