Nicknames in Australian secondary schools: insights into nicknames and adolescent views of self

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Starks, Donna, Taylor-Leech, Kerry and Willoughby, Louisa. 2012. "Nicknames in Australian secondary schools: insights into nicknames and adolescent views of self." Ponsonnet, Maia, Dao, Loan and Bowler, Margit (ed.) 42nd Australian Linguistics Society Conference (ALS 2011): Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place. Canberra, Australia 01 - 04 Dec 2011 Canberra, Australia.
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Nicknames in Australian secondary schools: insights into nicknames and adolescent views of self

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsStarks, Donna (Author), Taylor-Leech, Kerry (Author) and Willoughby, Louisa (Author)
EditorsPonsonnet, Maia, Dao, Loan and Bowler, Margit
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistics Society Conference (ALS 2011)
ERA Conference ID60142
Number of Pages1
Year2012
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISBN9780980281545
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/9404
Conference/Event42nd Australian Linguistics Society Conference (ALS 2011): Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place
Australian Linguistics Society (ALS) Conference
Event Details
42nd Australian Linguistics Society Conference (ALS 2011): Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place
Event Date
01 to end of 04 Dec 2011
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Event Details
Australian Linguistics Society (ALS) Conference
ALS
Abstract

Seventeen per cent of Australians currently report regularly using a language other than English (Lo Bianco 2009, p. 14). In this multilingual and multicultural context, a study of young people's nicknaming practices is particularly appropriate. Although it widely known that language practices can significantly affect adolescent self image, research studies on young people's naming practices are surprisingly scarce. The only study to date on nicknames in Australia was undertaken by Chevalier (2006) and focuses on the morphological and semantic features of nicknames. Although Chevalier suggests that Australians of non English-speaking backgrounds may differ in their naming practices from other Australians, she makes no reference to adolescent language practices and their role in society. Our research examines naming practices in conjunction with other aspects of language use. Our exploration of initial responses to questionnaire data administered to secondary students of English and non-English speaking backgrounds in Victoria and Queensland schools, will consider: (i) common nicknaming practices; (ii) the relationship between language background and attitudes towards nicknaming amongst adolescents. We end with suggestions for raising awareness of naming practices to promote cultural and linguistic sensitivity amongst Australian high school students.

References
Chevalier, S. 2006. Ava to Zac: A sociolinguistic study of given names and nicknames in Australia. Tubingen: Francke Verlag.
Lo Bianco, J. (2009). Second languages and Australian schooling. Camberwell, Vic: Australian Council for Educational Research.

Keywordsnicknames; naming practices; Australian school students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
470411. Sociolinguistics
390306. Secondary education
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Byline AffiliationsLa Trobe University
Faculty of Education
Monash University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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