Identity formation, cross-cultural attitudes and language maintenance in the Hungarian Diaspora of Queensland

Hatoss, Aniko (2003) Identity formation, cross-cultural attitudes and language maintenance in the Hungarian Diaspora of Queensland. In: Cultural Citizenship: Challenges of globalisation: An interdisciplinary conference., 5-7 December 2002, Melbourne, Australia.

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[Abstract]: The purpose of this paper is to discuss some cultural factors influencing the language maintenance and
shift patterns of the Hungarian community of Brisbane. This paper examines language shift in the
context of language use in the family domain and discusses the connections between the development
of cross-cultural attitudes (attitudes to the host society as well as the home culture), identity
development and language maintenance and shift. The empirical evidence based on a sociolinguistic
survey suggests that Hungarians attach great value to their language. Keeping a strong Hungarian
identity is a strong factor in intergenerational language maintenance, and the development of dual identities
does not necessarily lead to language shift. Dual identity can be an additive rather than a
subtractive force in the development of Hungarian-English bilinguality.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published with permission from the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural identity, ethnolinguistic identity, Hungarian-English bilingualism, immigrant communities' language maintenance and shift, acculturation, European communities in Australia
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)

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