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Language and its Effects

Proceedings from the 31st International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

The effects of language are numerous. Some are known and have been described, other effects are intuitive and are still waiting to be understood, explained and predicted, while – possibly – there might be more effects that we are still unaware of. The book brings together 16 contributions organized into two main sections: The first one relates to the issue of the effects of language in the FL classroom. The second one can, broadly speaking, be subsumed under the heading of sociolinguistics, given that it brings together a number of papers exploring the effects of language on society and/or on the individual. The answers to the questions have been provided by linguists – theoreticians and practitioners - from multiple perspectives. Thus, the conclusions and invitations for further research put forth in the papers collected in this book, should be of use to anyone with an interest in the effects of language, from cognitive scientists to FL teachers.

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The impact of heritage language proficiency and attitudes on the identity of Slovene Canadians (Nada Šabec)


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Nada Šabec

University of Maribor, Slovenia

The impact of heritage language proficiency and attitudes on the identity of Slovene Canadians

Abstract: The paper examines the role of heritage language and attitudes in the shaping of identity in the case of Slovene Canadians. While my previous research addresses the issue of the Vancouver Slovene community from a broader, group perspective, the present study focuses on five individuals, related through family ties and belonging to three different generations. What makes these individuals particularly interesting is that one 2nd generation participant is married to someone of different ethic descent and another to a member of a different race; hence their children are of mixed ethnic/racial origin and, as such, susceptible to potential personal, ethnic and cultural identity conflicts. The case-study qualitative analysis of the data obtained in October 2016 in Vancouver is based on participant observation, tape-recorded personal narratives and follow-up semi-structured questionnaires. In view of the sometimes contradictory findings on the impact of heritage language on ethnic identity in the literature (e.g. Smolicz 1992, Schmid 2002, Myhill 2003), I wish to explore this highly intriguing and dynamic issue by testing two hypotheses. The first one concerns the crucial role played by the generational factor in determining the heritage language-ethnic identity relationship of the immigrants, while the second touches upon the greater likelihood of potential identity conflict in the case of racially mixed immigrants as opposed to those who see themselves as...

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