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Three generations, two languages, one family : language choice and language shift in a Chinese community in Britain

Author: Wei Li
Publisher: Clevedon : Multilingual Matters Ltd., 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this first book-length study of the Chinese community in Britain, Dr Li Wei provides a detailed ethnography of communication in ten Chinese immigrant families in the North East of England. He  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wei Li
ISBN: 1853592412 9781853592416 1853592404 9781853592409
OCLC Number: 243798025
Description: VIII, 221 Seiten.
Contents: Part 1 Perspectives on bilingualism and language choice: introductory; the macro-societal perspective; the micro-interactional perspective; the social networks perspective - towards an integrated model. Part 2 Chinese communities in Britain: composition of the Chinese population in Britain; the Hong Kong background; Chinese migration and settlement overseas; the catering trade; the emergence of a three-generation population; Chinese familv system; Language use; Existing evidence 2.8 The Tyneside Chinese community. Part 3 Participant observation in a Chinese community: introductory; features of participant observation; describing participant observation - some problems; stages of fieldwork; field relationships and linguistic data - observer's paradox revisited. Part 4 Patterns of language choice and language shift: language choice by three generations; language choice and speaker variables; variations and change in language ability. Part 5 Social networks and variations in language choice: network types; collecting social network data; generational differences in social network patterns; social networks and language choice patterns; social networks and language ability; interactions between inter- and intra-speaker variations in language choice. Part 6 Conversational code-switching: introductory; a sequentail approach to code-switching; code-switching as a contextualization cue in Chinese/English conversation; code-switching and community choice norms. Summary and conclusion. Appendixes: information on the speaker sample; language ability scores; social network indices.
Responsibility: Li Wei.

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