Language Shift in Small Communities. an Analysis of Bilingual Language Usage in Family

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 18:00
Oral Presentation
Virna VELAZQUEZ, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
Roberto GUERRA MEJIA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Lillyan PEREZ, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Tamara SANCHEZ, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Languages of minority groups are decreasing all over the world. Successful language maintenance has to be long-term language planning in the community where minority languages are spoken.

For the most adequate actions in language planning we have to know how to evaluate the sociolinguistic situation in the relevant bilingual community. In a former presentation we presented a way based on the framework of “ecology of pressures” (Terborg, 2006) to analyze and explain language shift in small communities of minority groups in a given area considering language knowledge in actual speakers. We support our examples on several researches of language shift of indigenous languages in Mexico. The framework includes the concept “utmost common routine” that may be partly calculated by a quantitative corpus obtained by a questionnaire applied to a representative population. The data of the indigenous language have been compared with the data of Spanish, the official language spoken in Mexico, to determinate which language is the strongest one among a given age group of the population. Now we want to extend our analysis on bilingual language usage in bilingual families.

Terborg, R. (2006) La 'ecología de presiones' en el desplazamiento de las lenguas indígenas por el español. Presentación de un modelo en Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line journal], 7 (4), Art. 39. Disponible en: http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/4-06/06-4-39-s.htm