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By Donghui Zhang

ISBN-10: 1593322712

ISBN-13: 9781593322717

Zhang stories 3 domain names of acculturation--language attitudes, cultural participation and social network--in relation to domestic language upkeep. Her effects point out that whereas most folks use chinese language as their dominant language, the vast majority of the second-generation teenagers favor utilizing English. different language attitudes and personal tastes accompany inter-generational clash. mom and dad see domestic language upkeep as severe to relatives unity and second-generation kids develop into language and cultural agents in the family members. Co-ethnic networks, together with ties, young ones s co-ethnic friends, and the co-ethnic group, are very important forces that give a contribution to teenagers s domestic language upkeep.

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As a result, they urge their children to shift to English as quickly as possible in order to assimilate and succeed in the mainstream society. Other parents see the heritage language positively and seek to maintain it in the next generation. These different language ideologies directly impact on the second-generation children’s language maintenance. Fishman (1991), for example, emphasized the connection between language ideologies and language maintenance/shift. He argued that reversing language shift requires reversing the resistant attitudes towards the threatened languages among both dominant language speakers and minority language speakers.

They left their wives, children and parents behind to work in the US as a means to support their families back in China. As a result, there were very few Chinese families in the early Chinese community, which made some scholars term it a “bachelor society” (Heyer 1953). Due to lack of family life and severe racial discrimination prevalent at the time, the early Chinese immigrants had no intention to stay in the US, but thought to earn enough money and return to rejoin their families in China. The majority of the early immigrants did go back eventually when they turned old and weak.

Therefore, the Vietnamese children who maintained their home language and achieved bilingual skills have better school performances than their monolingual peers. Language Maintenance, Language Shift and Acculturation 25 In the Vietnamese community, values and traditions constitute a source of motivation and direction as the children deal with adjustment problems in the new country and cope with the disruptive environment of urban schools. These cultural values and traditions were transmitted through the family with the help of the Vietnamese language (Bankston & Zhou 1995: 17) However, not all scholars acknowledge the close relationship between cultural identity and heritage language.

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