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ERIC Number: EJ815718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Internet Use of Polish by Polish Melburnians: Implications for Maintenance and Teaching
Fitzgerald, Michael; Debski, Robert
Language Learning & Technology, v10 n1 p87-109 Jan 2006
The Internet has become an important communication medium and it is having a significant impact on language use. The present study takes a "snapshot" of how the Polish language is currently used with modern communications technologies by Polish-Australians living in Melbourne. Through a questionnaire, it surveys which communications technologies Polish-Melburnians are familiar with, how and when Polish and English are used for online communication, and which language they prefer to use in various circumstances. The study is based on the belief that investigations of the natural patterns of new technology use by ethnic communities will help us understand how technology could be involved in initiatives aimed at increasing the levels of language transmission and maintenance. The present study identifies several factors interacting with Internet use in the community language and makes recommendations for applications of modern technology in ethnic language schools and for home language maintenance. (Contains 9 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia