Reference : Religion as a Core Value in Language Maintenance: Arabic Speakers in Greece
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Religion as a Core Value in Language Maintenance: Arabic Speakers in Greece
Gogonas, Nikolaos mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
International Migration
Blackwell Publishing
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[en] This paper presents the findings of research investigating language maintenance
⁄ shift among second-generation Arabic speakers in Athens using
adolescents of mainly Egyptian origin and their parents as informants.
Quantitative data on language competence and on patterns of language
use within Egyptian households indicate language shift in adolescents of
the Coptic religion. In contrast, Muslim informants emerge as language
maintainers. Qualitative results originating from interviews with parents
indicate that the significance of religious practice leads Muslims and Copts
to view Arabic and Coptic respectively as core values for their identity.
This distinction leads to a differentiation in patterns of Arabic language
transmission between Muslim and Coptic Egyptian parents, reflecting both
the different internal dynamics of these sub-communities, and their different
relationships to the host society.
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