Language, acculturation and identity in the German community of rural South East Queensland

Hatoss, Aniko (2006) Language, acculturation and identity in the German community of rural South East Queensland. Language Awareness, 15 (2). pp. 80-96. ISSN 0965-8416


This paper discusses the maintenance of German language and culture in a rural settlement in Australia. The study is based on interview data gathered among first generation
German immigrants who settled in South-East Queensland between 1955 and 2001. The paper focuses on two main aspects of language maintenance: firstly, the impact of the assimilationist ideological climate in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s and of multiculturalism from the 1970s onwards; secondly, the rural Queensland setting.
The first part of the paper reviews the history of German migration to Australia with specific emphasis on South-East Queensland. The second part describes the study and
discusses respondents' German identity, their experiences of cultural and linguistic adjustment in mainstream Australian society and their efforts and attitudes towards
maintaining their German language. The findings of this research demonstrate that covert and overt assimilationist policies have had a crucial impact on the intergenerational
maintenance of German language and the shaping of German-Australian identities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: acculturation; German Australians; language maintenance; language shift; language and identity; language attitudes language and identity, language attitudes
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09658410608668852

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