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Kulturen im Dialog IV - Culture in Dialogo IV - Cultures in Dialogue IV

Viertes JungakademikerInnen-Forum in Südtirol. Quarto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige. Fourth Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol

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Annemarie Profanter

JungakademikerInnen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete haben sich mit der Idee den interdisziplinären sowie interkulturellen wissenschaftlichen Dialog zu fördern ans Werk gemacht und setzen sich in ihren Beiträgen mit internationalen Fragen beziehungsweise regionalen Themen auseinander.

Neolaureati di diverse facoltà con l’idea di promuovere il dialogo interdisciplinare come anche quello scientifico interculturale si sono dati da fare e trattano nelle loro opere questioni internazionali ossia temi regionali.

In an aim to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialog young graduates of diverse disciplines have tackled the task of intensive investigation into "cultures in dialogue". In their contributions they deal with questions about international and regional issues.

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Spracheinstellung und individuelle Perspektiven: Multilinguale Jugendliche in Österreich (Christina Korb)

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Christina Korb

Spracheinstellung und individuelle Perspektiven: Multilinguale Jugendliche in Österreich

Abstract Language attitudes are beliefs about a language or language variety, which reflect certain values and ideas and subsequently have an impact on the personal and social use of language. In the course of advancing globalization and modernisation processes, migration movements occur and promote cultural as well as linguistic heterogeneity. As a result, people with various cultural backgrounds come into contact and create multilingual settings, which are filled with dominant discourses about languages. Dominant discourses again are reflected in individual language attitudes. Furthermore, negative language attitudes can lead to language shift, whereas positive language attitudes promote language maintenance and the use of linguistic resources.

The following article aims to analyse personal language attitudes of adolescents from immigrant communities towards their first languages. Therefore, narrative interviews were held with nine informants at the age of 18–25 years. Besides revealing individual language attitudes, the central concern of this article is to determine possible factors that contribute to the formation of language attitudes. The presented results highlight two factors: (1) linguistic competences and (2) parental language attitudes towards the first language. Both factors appear to have a significant impact on the informants’ language attitudes towards their first languages.

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