Language maintenance and identity among Sudanese-Australian refugee-background youth

Hatoss, Aniko and Sheely, Terry (2009) Language maintenance and identity among Sudanese-Australian refugee-background youth. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 30 (2). pp. 127-144. ISSN 0143-4632

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a sociolinguistic survey-based study of the Sudanese community in a regional settlement in Australia. The context of this study represents a distinctive language contact setting with a unique combination of social, cultural and demographic factors. The study aimed to explore attitudes, perceptions and the actual use of mother tongue in a refugee context among adolescent and young adult secondary school learners from the Sudanese community in a regional settlement in South-East Queensland. Findings from this study demonstrate that the Sudanese refugee community in Australia is strongly attached to their mother tongue, Dinka; however, English is increasingly used in various public and private domains among those of the survey group.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Aniko Hatoss
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 12:37
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 03:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigrant communities in Australia; refugee youth; identity; Dinka; mother tongue; multilingualism; African diaspora studies; ethnic identity; language maintenance; language shift; language use surveys; refugees
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160103 Linguistic Anthropology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/01434630802510113
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4544

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