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Title: Indonesian Language Maintenance: A Case Study of Indonesian Families in the United States


1
Indonesian Language Maintenance A Case Study of
Indonesian Families in the United States
  • By Nurenzia Yannuar

2
Topic Area
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Maintenance
  • Language Heritage

3
Background/Justification
  • Family plays important role in maintaining
    heritage language therefore, parents are
    encouraged to interact and communicate with their
    children in their heritage language. This study
    will investigate how Indonesian is being used by
    Indonesian families who reside in the United
    States.
  • Beside looking at parents role in maintaining
    Indonesian as the heritage language, the study
    will attempt to determine the attitude of
    children towards Indonesian.
  • It might be very difficult for children to
    maintain their heritage language in the United
    States when they are being exposed to English at
    school and in social communities. However, there
    are several factors that may support heritage
    language maintenance.

4
References
  • (1) Garcia, M. (2003) Recent research on language
    maintenance. Annual Review of Applied
    Linguistics, 23, p.22-43
  • (2) Luo, S.H Wiseman, R.L. (2000). Ethnic
    language maintenance among Chinese immigrant
    children in the United States. International
    Journal of Intercultural Relations, 24, p.307-324
  • (3) Canagarajah, A.S. (2008). Language and the
    family Questions from the Sri Lankan Tamil
    diaspora. Journal of Sociolinguistics 12(2), p
    143-176
  • (4) Joo, H. (2009). Literary practices and
    heritage language maintenance The case of
    Korean-American immigrant adolescents. Journal of
    Asian Pacific Communication 19(01).p 76-99

5
Research Questions
  • What is the role of parents in maintaining
    Indonesian as their heritage language?
  • What is the attitude of children towards
    Indonesian as their heritage language?
  • What are the strategies in maintaining a heritage
    language?

6
METHODOLOGY
  • Participants
  • Two Indonesian Families
  • Each family has five children

7
Methodology
  • Procedure
  • Distribute background information questionnaire.
    It will document the background information of
    the participants.
  • Focus group interview. The first focus group will
    involve children from both families, while the
    other session will combine parents and children.
    The sessions will be recorded.
  • Observation. Researcher will join the families in
    order to be able to observe the natural use of
    language in their interactions.

8
Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Descriptive Analysis
  • Transcribed data from the taped interview
    sessions
  • Research Logs

9
Expected Findings
  • Parents play important role in maintaining
    Indonesian as the heritage language
  • Children are reluctant to learn Indonesian,
    because they are exposed to the societally
    dominant language, English.
  • Parents speak Indonesian, and children respond in
    English
  • Parents use English when communicating to the
    children in order to make sure that they are
    understandable
  • There are certain contexts in which one language
    is used

10
Anticipated Problems/Limitation of Study
  • Limited numbers of Indonesian families in Athens,
    Ohio
  • Hard to generalize Language Maintenance performed
    by Indonesian families in the United States
  • The families might perform differently because of
    the presence of a researcher
  • Conducting Qualitative Research
  • Anecdotalism
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