LINGUIST List 31.1237

Wed Apr 01 2020

Books: Adult Minority Language Learning: Flynn

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 20-Mar-2020
From: Elinor Robertson <>
Subject: Adult Minority Language Learning: Flynn
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Title: Adult Minority Language Learning
Subtitle: Motivation, Identity and Target Variety
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Published: 2020
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Author: Colin J. Flynn
Hardback: ISBN: 9781788927031 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 149.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781788927031 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 109.95

This book examines the role of affective variables in the process of learning a minority language. It presents a comprehensive account of how adult learners’ attitude, motivation and identity are related to their awareness of, and commitment to, different dialects and varieties as target speech models. These issues are examined in the context of Irish, a minority language which does not have a standard spoken variety and where the vast majority of learners have no regular contact with native speakers. Using a mixed methods research approach, this study explores the relationships that exist between, on the one hand, learners’ attitudes towards the three main traditional dialects of Irish and non-traditional second language varieties, and on the other, their motivation and self-concept as second language learners.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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