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Academic Paper

Title: Language Maintenance and Transmission: The Case of Egyptian Arabic in Durham, UK
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Author: Yasser A. Gomaa
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Institution: Assiut University
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Abstract: This sociolinguistic micro-level study examines experiences of five Egyptian families, living in Durham, UK, who are trying to transmit Egyptian Arabic to their children. Answers to the following questions are sought: first, how these language-minority families describe barriers to and supports for passing on Egyptian Arabic to their children? Second, what language decisions they make in order to fulfill their roles? Third, how such decisions are linked to their identity as Egyptians living in an English-dominant country? Finally, what are the factors that helps their children to preserve Egyptian Arabic? The findings, based on data collected through in-depth, semi-structured interviews and participant observation, show that the participants regard Egyptian Arabic as a cultural core value that is linked with other core values such as religion and identity. Consequently, a number of language-related decisions have been made and implemented to ensure the improvement of their children's Egyptian Arabic spoken proficiency level.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Gomaa, Y. A. (2011). Language maintenance and transmission: The case of Egyptian Arabic in Durham, UK. International Journal of English Linguistics, 1(1), 46.
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