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ERIC Number: EJ1260628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2005-615X
How Childhood Languages Shape Future Language Use and Cultural Orientation
Dewaele, Jean-Marc; Heredia, Roberto; Cieslicka, Anna
Multicultural Education Review, v12 n2 p117-135 2020
In this paper, we investigate the effect that parents' language use (English, Spanish-English or Spanish) had on self-perceived proficiency, frequency of use, language anxiety, code-switching and cultural orientation of 206 Spanish-English bilinguals and multilinguals who were students in Texas where there is a strong presence of Spanish, the minority language. Our results showed that languages that parents had used with their children had a privileged status: bilinguals and multilinguals reported higher levels of proficiency, more frequent use, less anxiety (except for English) and a stronger cultural orientation. The effect was strongest for parents with Spanish-speaking parents. The scores of the simultaneous bilinguals were generally situated between the scores of the sequential Spanish-English and English-Spanish bilinguals from monolingual families. We conclude that relatively more or less use of a particular language in a family home will lead to significant differences in the grown-up children's future language use and cultural orientation.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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