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Women and ethnic language maintenance : a study of Italian immigrant family triads in Saint-Léonard, Montréal

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Women and ethnic language maintenance : a study of Italian immigrant family triads in Saint-Léonard, Montréal

Venditti, Rosa L (2003) Women and ethnic language maintenance : a study of Italian immigrant family triads in Saint-Léonard, Montréal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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During post WW II migration wave, Italians accounted for a large portion of immigrants and they settled extensively in Ontario and Quebec. Within Quebec, over 90 percent live on the Island of Montreal, and the Francophone municipality of Saint-Léonard has the highest concentration of Italians since 1971. Initially, assimilation was the expected outcome of immigrants' adaptation; however, since 1971, multiculturalism encourages the maintenance of ethnic culture and language, but loss of ethnic languages still occurs. The three-generation language shift model suggests that by the third generation, the dominant language will be this generation's mother tongue. However, the literature cites several factors as countering linguistic assimilation, such as residential concentration and intramarriage. Women have consistently shown higher retention rates than men, yet they have received little attention in the intergenerational process. In addition, research on the third generation is still recent and focuses at macro levels. The objective of this thesis is to investigate the role of women in the inter-generational process of ethnic language maintenance and to identify the forces at work, specifically within the home domain, that encourage the retention of the ethnic language. This study is based on data collected from a pilot survey that served to identify potential family triads and from semi-structured interviews of the family triads of which the grandmother resides in Saint-Léonard. The results show that intergenerational linguistic change varies by family as a result of the many domains in an individual's life and the particular characteristics of each family history since migration

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Venditti, Rosa L
Pagination:xiii, 214 leaves : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Geography, Planning and Environment
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Thornton, Patricia Anne
ID Code:2325
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:27
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:26
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