Title

Language attitudes of Mauritian youth in secondary education: some preliminary results

RIS ID

96373

Publication Details

Bissoonauth-Bedford, A. (2014). Language attitudes of Mauritian youth in secondary education: some preliminary results. Actes du Xlll6 colloque du Comite International des Etudes Creoles (pp. 247-266). Mauritius: Arnaud Carpooran/Creole Speaking Union.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9789994911479

Abstract

Two sociolinguistic studies carried out in secondary schools in Mauritius in a decade have revealed a growing interest for the Asian ancestral languages. This article reports on results of a study conducted in 2009 on language perceptions and language attitudes of young Mauritians of Indian descent. Data is analysed within the theoretical framework of accommodative behaviour with reference to an earlier study. Some predictions on the future of languages in Mauritius are made by taking into consideration the various issues at stake in a globalising world where English is the dominant international language with India and China as the two fastest growing world economies.

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