The Role Of Language And The Ethnic Identities Of Second Generation Immigrants

1491 Words Jan 7th, 2016 6 Pages
The interview aimed to address the question of what role language plays in the ethnic identities of second generation immigrants. While there is a broad body of work on the subject of migration and language spanning several fields, including population studies and sociolinguistics, much of the associated literature is based on quantitative studies. For instance, Rumbaut (2012) used survey data to examine immigrant families’ language retention rates, while Cherciov (2012) and Medvedeva (2012) respectively studied attitudes towards language, and language use within families using mixed methods. However, their use of questionnaires and structured interviews restricted discussion according to the researcher’s own assumptions, with little voice being given to participants due to the nature of these methods. As previous literature on the topic has also rarely addressed language in terms of its significance to individuals themselves, this provides a significant opportunity to examine this in more open ways. For this reason, qualitative semi-structured interviews will be conducted as a more inductive approach to the subjective meaning language holds for second generation immigrants in the construction of their own ethnic identities. While the research will build on concepts developed in prior research, it will also aim to provide a new perspective centering on lived experiences. The resulting research design focused on the analysis of a single interview with Harman, a second…

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