Language maintenance and identity among Sudanese-Australian refugee-background youth

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Hatoss, Aniko and Sheely, Terry. 2009. "Language maintenance and identity among Sudanese-Australian refugee-background youth." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 30 (2), pp. 127-144. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434630802510113
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Language maintenance and identity among Sudanese-Australian refugee-background youth

ERA Journal ID20449
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHatoss, Aniko (Author) and Sheely, Terry (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Journal Citation30 (2), pp. 127-144
Number of Pages18
Year2009
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN0143-4632
1747-7557
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01434630802510113
Abstract

This paper reports the results of a sociolinguistic survey-based study of the Sudanese community in a regional settlement in Australia. The context of this study represents a distinctive language contact setting with a unique combination of social, cultural and demographic factors. The study aimed to explore attitudes, perceptions and the actual use of mother tongue in a refugee context among adolescent and young adult secondary school learners from the Sudanese community in a regional settlement in South-East Queensland. Findings from this study demonstrate that the Sudanese refugee community in Australia is strongly attached to their mother tongue, Dinka; however, English is increasingly used in various public and private domains among those of the survey group.

Keywordsimmigrant communities in Australia; refugee youth; identity; Dinka; mother tongue; multilingualism; African diaspora studies; ethnic identity; language maintenance; language shift; language use surveys; refugees
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440107. Social and cultural anthropology
470411. Sociolinguistics
440105. Linguistic anthropology
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
St. Joseph College, Toowoomba, Australia
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