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ERIC Number: EJ889176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
The Role of Social Networks in the Post-Colonial Multilingual Island of Palau: Mechanisms of Language Maintenance and Shift
Matsumoto, Kazuko
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v29 n2 p133-165 Jun 2010
This paper aims to reveal mechanisms of language maintenance and shift in the rural post-colonial multilingual island community of Palau in the Western Pacific, using social networks as an explanatory framework. I explore the usefulness of social networks from three perspectives, investigating whether and how social networks can explain changes in the use of former colonial languages in a "post-colonial" community; the functions of strong and weak ties in a "multilingual" community; and the "social characteristics of communities" in which social network as an analytical tool may have an explanatory force. Methodological and theoretical issues involved with the concept of social network are also scrutinised. With some cautions about the limits to the explanations made possible by network analysis, I conclude that the social network is indeed a valuable and important social variable in sociolinguistic investigations, "alongside" other factors, such as sex and identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Palau