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- DescriptionThis is the first ethgraphic survey of language behaviour, attitudes and perceptions of different generations of Sylheti migrants of rural origin. For Sylheti Bangladeshi migrants the use of the maatri bhaasha ('mother language') - whether this is the regional variety (Sylheti) or the standard variety (Bengali/Bangla) - is highly significant. The analysis indicates unequivocally that Sylheti is dominant among immediate and extended family and friends. It is the lingua franca of the majority in that other language is necessary for this encapsulated community. This book provides detailed analysis of the relationship between Sylheti Bangladeshi migrants' language use and their understanding of the concept of 'mother language'. It examines the socio-historic and socio-political background of the Bangla language and Bangla nationalism, the role of the mother tongue for speakers of regional language varieties, the typology of diglossia in Bangla, and linguistic differences between Sylheti and Bangla. The enduring popularity of Sylheti and evidence of Sylheti-English bilingualism serve to substantiate the concept of the additive role of mirity languages in a bilingual context.
- Author BiographyShahela Hamid was awarded her PhD by the University of York and currently works as a Forensic Linguist at J.P. French Associates, York. She has extensive fieldwork experience in ethnographic survey procedures among the Sylheti community in the UK. Her research includes functional analysis of code-switching behaviour among primary-school children of Sylheti origin in Tower Hamlets and investigation of linguistic practices and negotiation of multilingual and multicultural identities of Sylheti children attending complementary schools in the UK.
- Author(s)Shahela Hamid
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication18/02/2011
- Series TitleContemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics
- Series Part/Volume Number26
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2011
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Content Note99, tables
- Weight320 g
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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