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ERIC Number: EJ977631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
Contemporary "Hoisan-wa" Language Maintenance in Northern California: Evidence from Fourteen Frog Story Narratives
Leung, Genevieve
International Multilingual Research Journal, v6 n2 p104-120 2012
This article explores uninvestigated issues in Cantonese and "Hoisan-wa" language maintenance from an ethnic Chinese diaspora point of view. Data come from a larger study looking at Frog Story narratives from 140 Cantonese-English bilingual children in California. Fourteen of these children were found to display uniquely "Hoisan-wa" phonology and lexicon in their narratives. Focusing on these 14 children, this article attempts to answer the following questions: Due to low prestige factors and lack of support for the maintenance of "Hoisan-wa", have these speakers assimilated to the standard Cantonese-speaking community? Are there any signs that "Hoisan-wa" language backgrounds are still reflected in elementary school students attending schools with a relatively high Cantonese-speaking enrollment? If yes, what are these signs? Because nearly nothing is known about "Hoisan-wa" maintenance in the United States, the author documents markedly "Hoisan-wa" lexicon and phonology, and offers evidence of intergenerational language transmission. (Contains 4 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California