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Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Education paper by Nyikos, Martha and Nyikos, Katalin (all papers)
Vitalizing a Minority Language: A Study of Critical Family Bilingual Strategies
This qualitative study explores the key issues cited by Hungarian heritage language speakers who grew up immersed in majority cultures and languages other than Hungarian. The challenge of acquisition, retention, development and enhancement of the minority language in the face of continuous demands of the dominant language are explicated from the inner vantage point of lived experience. Data from extensive retrospective interviews with adults who grew up in households where the desire of both Hungarian parents was that their children maintain their heritage language will be discussed. The data show a complex mix of children’s evolving needs, interests and abilities as they are impacted by shifting demands and priorities, parental commitments and limitations and the changing valuation of the heritage language over time.
Brief Professional Bio:
Martha Nyikos is Director of World Languages & ESL Teacher Education Program at Indiana University. Her research is in language learning strategies.
Katalin Nyikos, Georgetown University; Currently conducting research on comparative emergent reading and child language acquisition