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

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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." Austin, Gavin and O'Neill, Shirley (ed.) Stimulating languages and learning: global perspectives and community engagement. Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, United States. Deep Education Press. pp. 181-198
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The role of socio-psychological factors in the maintenance of Arabic language among the Arabic-speaking community in the regional city of Toowoomba, Australia

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID0
Book TitleStimulating languages and learning: global perspectives and community engagement
Authors
AuthorAbdelhadi, Mostefa
EditorsAustin, Gavin and O'Neill, Shirley
Page Range181-198
Chapter Number8
Number of Pages18
Year2020
PublisherDeep Education Press
HV McKay Charitable Trust
Place of PublicationBlue Mounds, Wisconsin, United States
ISBN9781939755483
Web Address (URL)https://deepeducationpress.org/stimulating-languages-and-learning.html
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.

Keywordssocio-psychological factors, language maintenance, Arabic, Arabic-speaking immigrants, Toowoomba
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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