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Language and Identity at School and at Home: Language Shift among Mennonites in Paraguay
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay has investigated the question of an ongoing language shift from Plattdeutsch and German to Spanish among the Mennonites in Paraguay and the role of the school in this process. The aims of the study were to compare the use of languages among the Mennonites in Asuncion and in the Menno colony and to identify the importance that parents give to the languages and to compare this with a school leader perspective. The aim was also to identify factors that influence the language shift and identify the influence that the shift excerpts on Mennonite values and identity. The results are based on my own observations, interviews with Mennonite women and interviews with key informants who have insight into the school policy issues. The outcome may be used as a basis for educational and language planning. There is a need to consciously sit down and re-define the Mennonite identity and to make the community and the school aware of their responsibility in language maintenance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2005. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Language use, ethnic identity, bilingualism, education, Mennonites, Paraguay
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2243OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2243DiVA: diva2:518078
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2006-07-18 Created: 2006-07-18 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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