Konta bu storia: Patterns of linguistic acculturation among descendants of African immigrants in the Vale da Amoreira

This project aims to study the linguistic attitudes of a group of descendants from Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) in relation to the linguistic repertoire they dispose as bi - or multilingual individuals - a potential defined by their immigrant family background and their parents' linguistic aspirations. Born in Portugal, they attended a pilot-experiment on bilingual education during the primary education (education in Cape Verdean - Portuguese, a project coordinated by Professor Dulce Pereira from ILTEC, current CELGA/ILTEC, and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), attending the 2nd EB cycle at the beginning of this year project. However, the apparent historical and linguistic proximity to Portuguese does not prove to be a comparative advantage, particularly in terms of their school trajectory. Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, the aim is to analyze the attitudes of these young people to the linguistic diversity of their daily life, as well as other actors in the spaces where their linguistic and formative socialization takes place (family, school, neighborhood). Studying the processes by which these attitudes configure languages ​​as resources or problems, we also analyze their impact in the various spaces of socialization and citizenship, identifying different patterns of intra and intergenerational linguistic acculturation.

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CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
Centro de Estudos de Linguística Geral e Aplicada da Universidade de Coimbra
Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra
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