This paper reports on a longitudinal ethnographic study of the language socialisation of a group of Moroccan adolescents who migrated to Italy in the late 1990s. The approach is based on the notion of language socialisation, which sees the process ofacquiring a language as linked to that of becoming a member of a culture. The participants live in small towns in a semi-rural area in Northern Italy and were closely observed during their initial contact with Italian. Ethnographic observationscontinued in the following years, and were conducted both in the homes and in school programmes. Five years later, in-depth interviews were carried out on a rangeof issues dealing with ethnolinguistic identity, and language knowledge and use in a variety of domains and intercultural relationships. Written materials were alsocollected on personal experiences and attitudes towards Italy and Morocco. These data, taken together, show how socialisation into the new culture is producing a very rapid shift in language use and associated attitudes towards the different languagesin the repertoire, i.e. Italian, Moroccan and Standard Arabic, and other European languages. Patterns of language use, linguistic ideologies and ethnolinguistic identity of this multilingual community are discussed in relation to educationalpolicies.

Language socialization and language shift in the 1b generation: a study of Moroccan adolescents in Italy / DI LUCCA, L; Masiero, G; Pallotti, Gabriele. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTILINGUALISM. - ISSN 1479-0718. - STAMPA. - 5:(2008), pp. 53-72. [10.2167/ijm078.0]

Language socialization and language shift in the 1b generation: a study of Moroccan adolescents in Italy

PALLOTTI, Gabriele
2008

Abstract

This paper reports on a longitudinal ethnographic study of the language socialisation of a group of Moroccan adolescents who migrated to Italy in the late 1990s. The approach is based on the notion of language socialisation, which sees the process ofacquiring a language as linked to that of becoming a member of a culture. The participants live in small towns in a semi-rural area in Northern Italy and were closely observed during their initial contact with Italian. Ethnographic observationscontinued in the following years, and were conducted both in the homes and in school programmes. Five years later, in-depth interviews were carried out on a rangeof issues dealing with ethnolinguistic identity, and language knowledge and use in a variety of domains and intercultural relationships. Written materials were alsocollected on personal experiences and attitudes towards Italy and Morocco. These data, taken together, show how socialisation into the new culture is producing a very rapid shift in language use and associated attitudes towards the different languagesin the repertoire, i.e. Italian, Moroccan and Standard Arabic, and other European languages. Patterns of language use, linguistic ideologies and ethnolinguistic identity of this multilingual community are discussed in relation to educationalpolicies.
2008
5
53
72
Language socialization and language shift in the 1b generation: a study of Moroccan adolescents in Italy / DI LUCCA, L; Masiero, G; Pallotti, Gabriele. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTILINGUALISM. - ISSN 1479-0718. - STAMPA. - 5:(2008), pp. 53-72. [10.2167/ijm078.0]
DI LUCCA, L; Masiero, G; Pallotti, Gabriele
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