The role of socio-psychological factors in the maintenance of Arabic language among the Arabic-speaking community in the regional city of Toowoomba, Australia

Abdelhadi, Mostefa (2020) The role of socio-psychological factors in the maintenance of Arabic language among the Arabic-speaking community in the regional city of Toowoomba, Australia. In: Stimulating languages and learning: global perspectives and community engagement. Deep Education Press, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, United States, pp. 181-198. ISBN 978-1-939755-48-3


Abstract

This chapter seeks to investigate the impact of socio-psychological factors that may contribute to the maintenance of Arabic language within the Arabic-speaking community in the regional Queensland city of Toowoomba. A qualitative approach was utilised in order to explore the language maintenance phenomenon through engaging in the everyday life of the Arabic speakers. Data was collected though participant observations and in-depth semi-structured interviews with 20 adults who were selected using a mixed purposeful sampling strategy, The findings of this study show that the Arabic language is well maintained among the Arabic speakers because of their positive attitudes and loyalty to maintain and preserve their language for their children. The conclusions of the study are envisaged to have the potential to be used to enrich the knowledge and theories of language maintenance, as well as helping to reconsider the multilingualism and multiculturalism structure of Australian society.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2020 Deep University Inc. Permanent restricted access to Published chapter + Front Matter, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2020 06:37
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: socio-psychological factors, language maintenance, Arabic, Arabic-speaking immigrants, Toowoomba
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40134

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