ERIC Number: EJ1132623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Language Use and Identity in the Cuban Community in Russia
Yakushkina, Maria; Olson, Daniel J.
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v38 n1 p50-64 2017
A significant body of research has begun to explore the association between language and identity, a relationship that becomes more complex when considering multilingual communities. Important for this field, a number of studies have examined the interrelation between language and identity in the Cuban population in the USA, a case in which dominant (English) and minority language (Spanish) interaction has largely resulted in language maintenance and a positive correlation between language use and ethnic identity. While the Cuban population in Russia shares cultural and historical background with the well-studied US Cuban community, key differences allow for the examination of the role of several external factors (e.g. community size, lack of contact with monolingual speakers) on patterns of language use and identity. Employing quantitative survey methods and qualitative sociolinguistic interviews, the present study examines language use and language identity in the Cuban community in Russia, including both first and second-generation speakers. In contrast with the US Cuban community, results illustrate a shift towards the dominant language (Russian). Considering language and identity, results show the development of a dual identity, particularly among the second-generation speakers. The contribution of external factors on patterns of language use and identity is discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Identification, Ethnicity, Self Concept, Immigrants, Multilingualism, Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, Sociolinguistics, Language Dominance, Mixed Methods Research, Spanish, Russian, Language Proficiency
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Russia