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Back from the edge: Attitudes towards retrieving a minority language - The case study of Bable (Asturias, Spain) using a survey of teacher attitudes


Lynn M F Arnold
arnoldl@wva.org.au
University of Adelaide

  

 

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Abstract

A survey undertaken of teachers and others attending a conference for the resuscitation of the Asturian language (Bable) held in 1995 in the Principality of Asturias provided an opportunity to explore motivations for promoting this marginal L1 existing in the context of a dominant L2 (Castilian). At the time the author was a visiting scholar at the University of Oviedo and had commenced doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide.

The results of the survey were analysed to determine intentions and opinions of attendees with respect to Bable; and also to analyse less intentional language practices.

The analysis found that there were significant variations in the motivations, knowledge levels and utilisation patterns of those attending. The conclusion is that the formulation of language policy for marginalised languages requires a complex understanding of micro level issues for such policy to be effective.

With respect to less intentional language practices, the analysis found significant syntactical and morphological variation within the attendees' use of Bable. It also found a significant degree of interference between Castilian and Bable.

Bable, diglossia, interference, normalisation, sociolinguistics

 

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Arnold, L.M.F. (2001) Back from the edge: Attitudes towards retrieving a minority language - The case study of Bable (Asturias, Spain) using a survey of teacher attitudes. International Education Journal, 2 (4), 26-40.
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