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Title: Português Língua Segunda: Atitudes e Proficiência Linguísticas dos Aprendentes Jovens em Cabo Verde
Paper URL: http://www.revistaeutomia.com.br/volumes/Ano1-Volume1/linguistica-artigos/
Author: Ana Cristina Neves
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Institution: University of Saint Joseph
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Portuguese
Abstract: The aim of the present study is to identify the cluster of both individual and social variables which influence on the proficiency in Portuguese of Capeverdean young learners and on their attitudes to both the creole and the Portuguese languages.

Little sociolinguistic research has been carried out on creole contexts taking into special account young learners. In the case of Cape Verde, since M. Valkhoff (1975) and P. Thiele's (1991) sociolinguistic surveys, no further relevant research has been done on this field, not to mention the absence of sociolinguistic surveys on young learners.

Data from my 2004 fieldwork with 474 young learners in the age group of 8-16 years from all inhabited Capeverdean islands reveals the significance of social variables especially in language attitudes.

O objectivo deste estudo é identificar o conjunto de variáveis individuais e sociais que influenciam a proficiência do Português de jovens aprendentes de Cabo Verde e as suas atitudes perante ambas as línguas crioula e portuguesa.

Pouca investigação sociolinguística tem sido feita em contextos crioulos tendo em especial atenção aprendentes jovens. No caso de Cabo Verde, desde os estudos sociolinguísticos de M. Valkhoff (1975) e P. Thiele (1991) pouco trabalho de investigação tem sido feito nesta área, para não mencionar a ausência de estudos sociolinguísticos sobre aprendentes jovens.

Os dados do trabalho de campo levado a cabo com 474 jovens aprendentes do português língua segunda (LP ou L2) com idades compreendidas entre os 8 e os 16 anos, oriundos de todas as ilhas habitadas de Cabo Verde, revelam a importância das variáveis sociais especialmente em relação às atitudes linguísticas.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Eutomia, Year I, No. 1, July 2008, pp. 468-488.
URL: http://www.revistaeutomia.com.br/volumes/Ano1-Volume1/linguistica-artigos/


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