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ERIC Number: EJ809860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Multilingualism in Emerging Diasporas: A Tibetan Case Study
MacPherson, Seonaigh; Ghoso, Dawa Bhuti
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v2 n3 p188-216 Jul 2008
This study examines the multilingual and multiliteracy practices of a group of Tibetan female youths from South Asia (India, Bhutan, Nepal) newly arrived in Toronto, Canada (N = 24). The main data are derived from a questionnaire surveying their language practices across contexts indicating the roles of education, community, and society in multilingual maintenance and loss. In addition, this study considers how language ideology and the other sociocultural factors have impacted on participants' language and literacy preferences and practices. The results indicate specific multilingual and multiliterate patterns within the diaspora with differences between South Asia and North America. As female youths, the participants offer an indication of future trends in cultural and linguistic participation given the unequal influence of women on family language practices. (Contains 10 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bhutan; Canada; China; India; Nepal