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Positive attitudes are not enough: Minority language survival in the Canadian Prairies

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  • We compared French speaking and South Asian (SA) immigrant families having preschool children in an English speaking region in Canada, with regard to the parents’ attitudes towards minority language (ML) maintenance, ML use at home, and exposure of children to ML media. Parents in both groups had positive attitudes about language maintenance, however, SA parents were less hopeful that their children would retain their ML and pass it on to their next generations. SA parents made less effort to communicate with their children in the ML and provided less ML media for children at home, in comparison to their French counterparts. We discuss the results with respect to the relative position and utility of maintaining these minority languages in Canada and how these factors might influence parents’ language choices.

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    2010
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    Article (Published)
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R36W96P30
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    © 2010 Nagpal, J., & Nicoladis, E. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Nagpal, J., and Nicoladis, E. (2010). Positive attitudes are not enough: Minority language survival in the Canadian Prairies. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(#N/A), #N/A.
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    http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr24/nagpal.htm