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Im not going to lose my language. A sociolinguistic study of language use and attitudes to language maintenance of multilingual Dinka Sudanese teens, By Meredith Izon
A sociolinguistic study of language use and attitudes to language maintenance of multilingual Dinka Sudanese teens, by Meredith Izon

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This study investigates the patterns of language use and attitudes to language maintenance of a selected group of Sudanese migrant youth living in the western suburbs of Melbourne.  The participants were five Dinka teenagers and four of their parents/guardians from the Dinka speaking community, one of the larger tribal and language groups amongst the growing population of Sudanese settling in Australia.  A triangular research approach, including domain analysis, social network analysis and qualitative questioning, was employed to collect data.  Results revealed that language use patterns were divergent across the sample group of teens. One teen showed a strong tendency to use Arabic, a language used commonly as a lingua franca by Sudanese, as their preferred community language.  Others used Dinka, but with a marked inclination towards English language use.  In contrast to the variable patterns of language use, however, attitudes of teens to language maintenance showed a strong and consistent positive attitude towards the maintenance of Dinka.  The discussion explores a range of factors including language proficiency, social network structure and attitudes that are possible causes for the variability of language use. 

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