By Christine Bratt Paulston
An anthology of articles on ethnic bilingualism and bilingual schooling from a sociolinguistic viewpoint. It covers theoretical paradigms (primarily structural-functionalism and team clash concept and the matter formulations in BE common of the paradigms), useful examine technique and a few exemplificatory case reports.
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Previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 Predictably, the notion of semilingualism became polemic. Professor Loman (1974a) and his colleagues report on a number of studies in Språk och Samhalle,the major tenet of which is to do away with 'the myth of semilingualism'. The difficulty with the concept of semilingualism is that it is very vague in its linguistic definition and measurement, as Loman points out. He emphasizes the necessity of empirical studies, 'especially in the form of analyses of authentic language material'.
A group of society involved in a revitalization movement undergoes a revolutionary phase. Says Wallace: But for our purposes three contrasting value orientations (for determining what is to be learnt) are most significant: the revolutionary, or utopian, orientation; the conservative . . orientation; and the reactionary orientation. What a man is expected to do in his life will, in part, depend on whether he lives in a revolutionary, conservative, or reactionary society. 2. e. 'in conservative societies, schools prepare people not for sacrifice but for jobs' (R.
Such mythology has obviously served a purpose: people believe what they want to. It has served as rationale for the Finnish groups in their demands for monolingual Finnish schooling in Sweden. It has also served as a rationale for the Swedish parents in Södertälje who do not want the Assyrian children in the same classes as their own children (Field notes, March 1972). There is anecdotal evidence that most immigrant parents wanted their children in mixed Swedish classes until they were informed about the dangers of semilingualism.