Acculturation and Hispanic Adolescents: Language and Identity

Mejia, G 2007, 'Acculturation and Hispanic Adolescents: Language and Identity', Journal of Culture, Language and Representation, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 169-184.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Acculturation and Hispanic Adolescents: Language and Identity
Author(s) Mejia, G
Year 2007
Journal name Journal of Culture, Language and Representation
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 169
End page 184
Total pages 16
Publisher University Jaume
Abstract The aim of this paper is to integrate two topics of research, identity and language use, within the field of socio-psycholinguistics, thereby increasing our understanding and knowledge of the acculturation process involved in promoting Hispanic identity and Spanish language use by second-generation Hispanic Adolescents in Australia. A specific aim is to exarnine the four acculturation groups idcntified by Berry (1970, 1980, 1990,2001) and their impact on group identity and language use through the use of qualitative data. The analysis uses portions of transcripts from tape-recorded interviews obtained through the participation of fifty male and female Hispanic adolescents. Taken together, the results provide evidence that language does not determine identity, but does provide a way to express it; and that culture is a salient predictor of ethnic identity.
Subject Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Keyword(s) acculturation
Spanish adolescents
identity
Australia
Spanish language
ISSN 1697-7750
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