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Title: Using Historical Data to Explain Language Attitudes: a South African Case Study
Author: Ian Bekker
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Homepage: http://rhodes-za.academia.edu/IanBekker
Institution: Rhodes University
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: The aim of this article is to illustrate the benefits of using a theoretically-based analysis of historical data to supplement quantitative language-attitude survey data. This method, which is much in line with that proposed by St. Clair (1982), is useful in providing more than simply a description of the relevant language attitudes; it, in addition, explains their genesis and development and is potentially useful to both language-planners and researchers in the field in terms of making reasonable predictions about possible future language-attitude trends and related phenomena. The data employed to illustrate the use of historical data in language-attitude research is derived from exploratory research conducted by the author on the attitudes of L1-African language University of South Africa (Unisa) students towards the languages of learning and teaching issue at this university.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: AILA Review, Volume 16, editors S. Makoni & U.H. Meinhof. Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 62-77


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