Language competence as a moderator of ethnolinguistic identity gratifications among three language minorities in Europe

Laszlo Vincze, James T Harwood

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Abstract

Using a social identity gratifications framework (Harwood, 1997, 1999), this paper examines the role of ethnolinguistic identity and language competence in influencing television viewing among three language minorities in Europe: the German minority in South-Tyrol, Italy; the Hungarian minority in Transylvania, Romania; and the Swedish minority in Southern Finland. Self-report questionnaire data were collected among secondary school students (N = 1443) in 2010. The results indicated that in settings where preference for, or consumption of, minority language media was relatively low, effects of identity on minority television language preferences were strongest for those who were least bilingual. In contrast, in settings where minority language television preferences were relatively high, the effects were stronger for more bilingual audience members. Findings and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalStudies in Communication Sciences
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Ethnolinguistic identity
  • German in South-Tyrol
  • Hungarian in Transylvania
  • Minority languages
  • Swedish in Finland
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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