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Minority language abandonment in Welsh-medium educated L2 male adolescents: classroom, not chatroom

Price, A. and Tamburelli, M. (2016) Minority language abandonment in Welsh-medium educated L2 male adolescents: classroom, not chatroom. Language Culture and Curriculum. DOI: 10.1080/07908318.2015.1136323 (In Press)

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Abstract

The education system has played a crucial role in Welsh language maintenance, with Welsh-medium education providing a central locus of language transmission. However, language transmission through education is not without pitfalls. This paper discusses the impact of top-down minority language transmission and the growing issue of formal domain dependency in Wales. We present results of four Focus Groups, undertaken with 19 male adolescent L2 speakers of Welsh. The key findings indicate that top-down formal-domain transmission has amplified the view of Welsh as a language limited to formal, �high� domains, thus inhibiting language application among male adolescents. The inherent association of Welsh with formality as well as tradition and patriotism has led to cultural disengagement among the target group

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Linguistics and English Language
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 03:17
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 03:17
ISSN: 0790-8318
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6256
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/07908318.2015.1136323
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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