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ERIC Number: EJ1179854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
Polish New Speakers of Welsh: Motivations and Learner Trajectories
Rosiak, Karolina
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v31 n2 p168-181 2018
Based on fieldwork in North West Wales, this article examines motivations of Polish post-2004 migrants to Wales to study Welsh and their learner trajectories on the journey to becoming new speakers. Previous studies on Poles in Wales, based mostly in South West and South Wales, concentrated on various social aspects of the lives of the migrants and barely touched on the linguistic aspects of life in officially bilingual Wales. Drawing on qualitative data obtained through semi-structured interviews from 11 participants, this article contests the claims presented by Barlóg (2010) that Poles are not interested in learning Welsh as they find the language an unnecessary burden. It is suggested that Polish migrants do have positive attitudes towards the Welsh language. However, these attitudes and motivations to learn the language depend on a number of factors such as the strength of Welsh as a community language in a given locality, having children learning Welsh at school as well as family and friends connections to the language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland; United Kingdom (Wales)
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