By Alexander Albin, Ronelle Alexander (auth.)
This examine represents however the preliminary part of a multidisciplinary recreation subsidized by way of the Russian and East ecu stories middle of the college of California, l. a., the last word target of that is to supply a complete description and research of the cultural, linguistic, fiscal and social integration of the Slavs dwelling in California into American society. because the first step of this deliberate cross-disciplinary research, the guts urged the implementation of a initial research of a constrained scope, the current linguistic research of the Yugoslav group of San Pedro, California. As there's a dearth of knowledge of a sociological in addition to a linguistic nature relating the neighborhood Slavs, the investigators determined to regard in short the sociological state of affairs of Yugoslav immigrants after which continue with a extra particular dialogue of the linguistic difficulties of immigrant bilingualism. as a result, we have now divided the current examine into the next significant chapters : bankruptcy I, the Yugoslav Immigration to the USA, not just examines the various levels of Yugoslav immigration to the U.S., but in addition discusses many of the causes which triggered humans to immigrate to this kingdom and particularly to the small maritime group of San Pedro; by contrast historical past the investigators describe the Yugoslav ethnic minority and its contributions to the San Pedro community.
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32 SURVEY OF BILINGUALISM groups, and in most cases came to join friends or relatives who had previously immigrated, thus forming a continuity of migration. 2. Number and identity of languages in contact. In the great majority of cases of immigrant bilingualism in the United States, only two languages are in contact: English and the native language of the particular immigrant or immigrant community. There are, however, several cases of immigrant trilingualism (English, Spanish and the immigrant language) in the American Southwest.
Prestige. The attitudes of bilingual speakers towards the languages they speak are also important factors in linguistic interference. In many cases, immigrants to the United States tend to follow the average monolingual American attitude, prevalent until quite recently: they come to regard the native language as a hindrance to potential achievements in the new homeland and consequently place a high value on proficiency in English. In other immigrant groups, particularly the more cohesive and well-established ones, different attitudes prevail.
A working knowledge of English is also necessary for many immigrants, particularly those who do not join a close-knit oldcountry linguistic « oasis, » just to carry out the business of everyday life: no attempt is made on the part of English monolinguals to adapt to the speech of immigrants. , and this increases the pressure on the individual immigrant to learn English as quickly as possible, in whatever manner possible. 5. Prestige. The attitudes of bilingual speakers towards the languages they speak are also important factors in linguistic interference.
The Speech of Yugoslav Immigrants in San Pedro, California by Alexander Albin, Ronelle Alexander (auth.)