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ERIC Number: EJ885123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Perspectives on Language Attitudes and Use in Lithuania's Multilingual Setting
Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle; Ramoniene, Meilute
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v26 n5 p425-441 2005
EU accession negotiations have impacted on and generated ongoing interest in Baltic language and citizenship legislation. There is however no detailed knowledge of prevailing language attitudes amongst mainstream and minority populations in Lithuania. This paper investigates attitudes to minority language use and to the (officially reinstated) state language, and considers aspects of linguistic identification in the historically densely multilingual and multiethnic areas of Eastern and South-Eastern Lithuania. Our findings, based on newly acquired data from a major survey, show that although language loyalties are complex, attitudes towards Lithuanian are overall positive. Moreover, the results also point to the potential development of relatively stable bilingualism (for Lithuanians and Russians) and trilingualism (for Poles) in this region. (Contains 6 tables and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Lithuania