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Language use and maintenance among the Moroccan minority in Britain

Jamai, A 2008, Language use and maintenance among the Moroccan minority in Britain , PhD thesis, University of Salford, UK.

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    Abstract

    The goal of this study is to investigate language use among a relatively young immigrant community in Britain with a view to finding out what role English plays in their lives, whether they still use their languages of origin, and what are the reasons for their particular language behaviour. Language use and maintenance in an immigrant minority setting is an important area of investigation if one is to understand some of the factors involved in the community's integration process, or the lack of it, in general, and to appreciate the role of language for integration in particular. Minority communities adopt a number of linguistic strategies for communication among themselves and their wider community. In most cases, these linguistic strategies are dictated by both the social and linguistic environment the immigrant minority finds itself living in. The thesis first looks at the sociolinguistic situation of Morocco in order to establish the linguistic background of this community. It then considers the British Moroccans from a socio-economic perspective with a view to identifying factors that may influence language shift behaviour. The empirical part of the thesis is concerned with establishing linguistic as well as non-linguistic determinants of language maintenance such as those that influence language choice, code-switching, attitudes and use of language-specific media. The study has two main hypotheses: first, the Moroccan community in Britain is undergoing a generational language shift, and second, typical Moroccan sociolinguistic patterns are reflected in the language use of Moroccan speakers in Britain as well. While the former hypothesis has, on the whole, proved correct, the latter did not hold true.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Hoffmann, C(Supervisor)
    Additional Information: PhD supervisor: Charlotte Hoffmann
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
    Memory, Text and Place
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2009 10:04
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 15:03
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2030

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