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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: "Talkin' Different"
Subtitle: Linguistic Diversity and the Irish Traveller Minority
Written By: Joan O'Sullivan
Description:

The Irish Travellers are one of Ireland's oldest minorities, a minority who
have frequently lived on the margins of the "majority" or settled
community. This volume explores linguistic change amongst this cultural
group with a particular focus on the influence of the educational system.
This book analyses whether increased attendance by young Traveller women in
secondary education is influencing long-term change in linguistic usage and
speech patterns. The tendency for convergence/non-convergence to the
settled community's speech patterns is analysed as is the question of
whether such speech variations are a strategy for "survival" in the school
environment. This study is based on an analysis of both naturally-occurring
conversation and speech as explored within an informal interview setting.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1847185207
ISBN-13: 9781847185204
Pages: 240
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99