Community languages: a handbook by Barbara M. Horvath

By Barbara M. Horvath

This quantity comprises sociological profiles of fifty eight languages and contains each one language's heritage, dating with different languages and appropriate facets of the sociology of the speech group. nearly all of languages spoken by way of migrants who've moved to English-speaking international locations because the finish of global warfare II are included.

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Another example of initial confusion in implementing a multicultural policy in Australia concerns the 1976 national census in which for the first time a question was asked about languages spoken. The third largest migrant group (after Italians and Greeks) comes from Yugoslavia and there are at least four languages involved: Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Macedonian. The census questionnaire lists only Serbo-Croatian but the derived census tables also indicate how many speakers there are of 'Yugoslavian', a figure which is based on the false assumption that language is the same as birthplace.

References Clyne, Michael G. 1982, Multilingual Australia. Melbourne: River Seine Publications. Di Biase, Bruno and Bronwen, Dyson 1988, Language Rights and the School. Sydney: Inner City Education Centre/FILEF Italo-Australian Publications. Fasold, Ralph 1984, The Sociolinguistics of Society. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Ferguson, Charles 1959, Diglossia. Word 15, 32540. Page 18 Albanian Albanian is an Indo-European language, the sole modern survivor of its own sub-group (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1985: 701).

The Gegs remained relatively free of Turkish influence, while in the south the Orthodox religion was viewed favourably by the Ottomans and allowed to continue (Byron, 1976: 33, 38). Writing in Albanian began in the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a small number of works were produced, mainly in the northern, Geg, part of Albania (Byron, 1976: 36; Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1985: 701). According to Byron, these works were produced by the Catholic clergy during the Counter-Reformation, and to counter the spread of Islam (1976: 37).

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