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Language and attitude shift of young Mauritians in secondary education

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This study investigated the changing patterns of language use and

    language attitudes of younger generations of Mauritians over the last

    two decades. This article discusses the shift in language attitudes of

    students in secondary education with special emphasis on Kreol*, taught

    since 2012 in primary schools and from 2018 in secondary schools. A

    comparison with results from earlier studies suggests a positive attitude

    shift towards Kreol in education as well as an acceptance of

    multilingualism and multiculturalism as an integral part of being

    Mauritian. Asian heritage languages lag behind in the multi-diglossic

    patterns of language use. Nonetheless, despite a steady decline in the

    home domain, students choose to study them in schools and attitudes

    towards them highlight a strong sense of cultural and religious

    attachment to ancestral heritage.

    *The word Kreol refers to Mauritian Creole. The term Creole is used to

    refer to the type of language and members of the Creole community, who

    are descendants of former slaves and mixed parentage.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Bissoonauth-Bedford, A. (2019). Language and attitude shift of young Mauritians in secondary education. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Online First 1-15.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85076506688

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/4028

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This study investigated the changing patterns of language use and

    language attitudes of younger generations of Mauritians over the last

    two decades. This article discusses the shift in language attitudes of

    students in secondary education with special emphasis on Kreol*, taught

    since 2012 in primary schools and from 2018 in secondary schools. A

    comparison with results from earlier studies suggests a positive attitude

    shift towards Kreol in education as well as an acceptance of

    multilingualism and multiculturalism as an integral part of being

    Mauritian. Asian heritage languages lag behind in the multi-diglossic

    patterns of language use. Nonetheless, despite a steady decline in the

    home domain, students choose to study them in schools and attitudes

    towards them highlight a strong sense of cultural and religious

    attachment to ancestral heritage.

    *The word Kreol refers to Mauritian Creole. The term Creole is used to

    refer to the type of language and members of the Creole community, who

    are descendants of former slaves and mixed parentage.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Bissoonauth-Bedford, A. (2019). Language and attitude shift of young Mauritians in secondary education. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Online First 1-15.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85076506688

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/4028

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom