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Title: Language Use and Maintenance of Non-indigenous Minorities: The British-Moroccan Minority
Written By: Abdeslam Jamai
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Sociolinguistics 08
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783929075632
Pages: 314
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