Language maintenance and shift: case study of Ukrainian in Saskatchewan
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This study was aimed at examining possible correlations between socio-cultural and demographic factors and Ukrainian language maintenance in the province of Saskatchewan. Total number of 82 respondents with Ukrainian ancestry participated in this research. One issue explored was whether subjects representing demographic groups split by gender, age, highest level of education obtained, occupation, generation of immigration and ethnic identity have language proficiency and language use patterns significantly different from those of other groups. Also, the change of language use in a family from generation to generation was studied. Furthermore, language attitudes of participants towards Ukrainian language and its preservation were ascertained and correlated with demographic factors. It was found that certain socio-cultural factors correlate with frequency of Ukrainian language use and its proficiency. Moreover, rather positive attitudes towards Ukrainian language and its retention were reported; many of them correlated with demographic factors. Some characteristic patterns in language use in the family split by generation of immigration were found.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
DepartmentLanguages and Linguistics
CommitteeJulien, Richard; Khanenko-Friesen, Natalia
Copyright DateMay 2012
minority language maintenance
Ukrainian language in Canada
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