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Transmitting Minority Languages: Complementary Reversing Language Shift Strategies (Hardback)

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This book gives fresh insight into the diverse ways in which the transmission of minority and heritage languages is carried out in a range of sociolinguistic contexts. When traditional modes of intergenerational transmission begin to break down, minority language and diaspora communities resort to other modes of transmission, out of necessity, to complement traditional mechanisms and secure language maintenance. This volume brings together a broad range of studies of these alternative modes of transmission, examining the complex and diverse practical, ideological and personal challenges that arise in different settings. Beyond addressing the dynamics of language use within the home and family, the book also emphasises the importance of the participation of the minority community itself in language and cultural transmission. These mechanisms and initiatives, sometimes overlooked or dismissed in the academic literature, will prove to be essential in maintaining and ensuring the survival of minority and heritage languages into the 21st century and beyond. The twelve chapters in the book are divided into four sections (intergenerational transmission; transmission in post-traditional families; alternatives to 'traditional' transmission; and transmission in diasporic contexts), and the language contexts, both minoritised and diasporic, which are discussed include Basque, Breton, Galician, Guernesais, Irish, Maori, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Sorbian and Spanish. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, language acquisition, heritage language maintenance and revitalization, and language policy and planning.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectSociolinguisticsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsHistorical & comparative linguisticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG Publication Date: 10/04/2022 ISBN-13: 9783030879099  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Michael Hornsby is Head of the Centre for Celtic Studies in the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. He is the author of Revitalizing Minority Languages: New Speakers of Breton, Yiddish and Lemko (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and co-editor of New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Wilson McLeod is Professor of Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the author of Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies (2020) and co-editor of Language Revitalisation and Social Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

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