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ERIC Number: EJ831221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1550-7076
Korean Heritage Language Maintenance and Language Ideology
Jeon, Mihyon
Heritage Language Journal, v6 n2 p54-71 Fall 2008
This paper explores ways in which language ideology is linked to maintenance of Korean as a heritage language by Koreans in America. The data for this ethnographic study come from three separate sources: 1) a Korean language program at an American university; 2) a community-based ESL program for Korean seniors; and 3) a recently immigrated Korean family. Data collection methods include participant observation; informal conversations with the participants; in-depth interviews; and on-site document analysis. Through regular and sustained interaction with participants in the three research sites over a period of three years, the findings provide insights into ways in which the participants' attitudes toward language learning and maintenance are continuously shaped and revised based on their life circumstances. This paper describes each participant's language attitudes as fluid entities operating on a continuum of assimilationist ideologies on the one end and pluralist ideologies on the other. (Contains 2 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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