Language maintenance amongst the second generation

2017-05-04T05:17:52Z (GMT) by Khoo, Siew-Ean
The maintenance of community languages in the home varies greatly amongst the second-generation by ethnic origin. The shift towards English is greatest in families where one parent is Australian-born. However, in all communities there is a marked shift towards English amongst the second generation aged 25 or more. This implies a further substantial contraction in the maintenance of community languages in the third generation. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s