Objective local vitality and linguistic networks as predictors of perceived vitality

László Vincze, Jake Harwood

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Abstract

The present paper investigates the relationship between objective ethnolinguistic vitality, individual networks of linguistic contacts (INLCs) and perceived vitality among German-speaking (N = 415) and Italian-speaking (N = 379) adolescents in South Tyrol, Italy. Supporting our hypothesis, we found that INLC has a greater effect on perceived vitality in localities where the in-group made up a local majority than in localities where the in-group was in a minority position. However, this effect has only occurred for perceptions of out-group, not in-group vitality. Findings and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • German
  • Italian
  • South Tyrol
  • bilingualism
  • ethnolinguistic vitality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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