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Explorations in Language and Linguistics

For Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday

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Edited By Łukasz Bogucki and Piotr Cap

This volume is dedicated to Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Head of the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It includes texts written by his students, colleagues and friends, dealing with a variety of urgent, widely discussed topics in the contemporary language studies. Spanning contributions from language history, philosophy, rhetoric and argumentation, methodology, and discourse studies, it provides an authoritative outline of the field and a timely response to the existing challenges, thus making for a concise handbook of modern linguistics. It is recommended to graduate students of philology, as well as researchers working in linguistics and other disciplines within the broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences.

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Language Attitudes in Recent Polish Immigrants to the UK (Ewa Waniek-Klimczak)

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Ewa Waniek-Klimczak

Language Attitudes in Recent Polish Immigrants to the UK

Abstract: The study reported here explores the experience of immigration to the UK among young Poles; concentrating on language attitudes, the study aims to investigate language experience, acculturation patterns and ethnic group affiliation in the group of participants who can be treated as ‘expert learners’.

Keywords: language attitude, Polish immigrants, language experience, acculturation, ethnic group affiliation

1 Introduction

There are many reasons to study language attitudes in bilingual speakers, including attitudes in connection with motivation for second language learning (e.g. Gardner and Lambert 1972) and second language acquisition (e.g. Schumann 1986), as well as language maintenance and bilingual communication (e.g. Sachdev and Bourhis 2001) and social identity of the speaker (Tajfel and Turner 1979).

The study presented here aims to explore language attitudes and language experience in ‘expert learners’ (as defined by Mercer 2011) who have become expert L2 language users in an immigrant context, for the purpose of discussing possible acculturation / ethnic group affiliation tendencies in a wave of post-EU accession Polish immigrants to the UK. Thus, language attitudes are used here as a cover term for a complex set of language beliefs explored among a specific group of Polish-English bilinguals: young, educated, proficient in English on arrival to the UK and motivated to go there by curiosity of the world rather than economic reasons.

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