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Languages in Contact

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.05.00  Humanities  Linguistics   

Code Science Field
H350  Humanities  Linguistics 
language contact, bilingualism, language shift, language death, code switching, borrowing, sociolinguistics
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (1)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  06027  PhD Nada Šabec  Humanities  Head  1998 - 1999  580 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0589  University of Maribor, Faculty of Education  Maribor  5089638013  12,933 
The purpose of this project is to examine various aspects of Slovene-English language contact in immigrant environments (USA, Canada, Australia), where Slovene is surrounded by English, the dominant language and develops in the specific circumstances of the so-called enclaves. The comparison of language use among members of different immigrant generations reveals a relatively rapid language shift from Slovene to English, which is why I am particularly interested in the degree of the immigrants’ mother tongue maintenance and the factors that either encourage or discourage it. Of special interest is also the relationship between the degree of mother tongue preservation and the immigrants’ sense of ethinc identity. The focus is on the social and psychological motivations that govern the language choice of bilingual speakers. In addition, a detailed analysis of the morphological, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of bilingual discourse (primarily code switching and borrowing) is provided. Certain structural changes of Slovene in the area of interlingual influences are explained primarily by means of morphological and syntactic rules of the English language.
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