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Mon Feb 08 2010

Books: Sociolinguistics: Jamai

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Language Use and Maintenance of Non-indigenous Minorities: The British-Moroccan Minority: Jamai

Message 1: Language Use and Maintenance of Non-indigenous Minorities: The British-Moroccan Minority: Jamai
Date: 25-Jan-2010
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Language Use and Maintenance of Non-indigenous Minorities: The British-Moroccan Minority: Jamai
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Title: Language Use and Maintenance of Non-indigenous Minorities: The
British-Moroccan Minority
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Sociolinguistics 08
Published: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Abdeslam Jamai
Paperback: ISBN: 9783929075632 Pages: 314 Price: Europe EURO 74.00
Abstract:

This study investigates language use and maintenance among a non-indigenous
minority in Britain with a view to finding out what role English plays in
their lives, whether they still use their languages of origin, and what are
the reasons for their particular language behaviour. Language use and
maintenance in a non-indigenous minority setting is important if one is to
understand some of the factors involved in the community's integration
process, or the lack of it. Minority communities adopt a number of
linguistic strategies for communication. In most cases, these linguistic
strategies are dictated by both the social and linguistic environment the
non-indigenous minority finds itself living in.

The book first looks at the sociolinguistic situation of Morocco in order
to establish the linguistic background of this community. It then considers
the British-Moroccans from a socio-economic perspective to identify factors
that may influence language shift behaviour. The empirical part of the book
looks at linguistic as well as non-linguistic determinants such as those
that influence language choice, code-switching, attitudes and use of
language specific media.

The study has two main hypotheses: first, the British-Moroccan minority is
undergoing a generational language shift, and second, typical Moroccan
sociolinguistic patterns are reflected in their language use. While the
former hypothesis has, on the whole, proved correct, the latter did not
hold true.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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