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Southern Min Hokkien As a Migrating Language : A Comparative Study of Language Shift and Maintenance
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This book presents multilingualism as a social phenomenon, which arises when speakers of a different language move to a new society and learn to speak the dominant language of the society. It offers case studies of Hokkien migrating families when they encounter new languages in Burma, Macao and San Francisco, showing how a family changes across generations from monolingual to bilingual/multilingual and back to monolingual. In the process language shift occurs as a result of transitional bilingualism. The dynamic status of Hokkien is also attested at the societal level in Singapore, Taiwan and south Fujian, the homeland of Hokkien.
Number of Pages: 70
Genre: Foreign Language Study
Series Title: Springerbriefs in Linguistics
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Picus Sizhi Ding
Street Date: November 24, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-9318
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