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Sociolinguistic research

General Aims

We intend to study the correlation between linguistic and educational policies and the development/diffusion of awareness towards multilingualism and linguistic diversity, with the aim of producing an integrated evaluation and identifying the relevant indicators.

The aim of the presents study is to:

• Investigate, in countries where ongoing immigration fluxes can be observed, the level of awareness – among local population and migrants – of the presence of other languages present in the everyday life context.

• Analyze the level of awareness, in contexts in which where outward migration fluxes are found can be primarily seen, of language learning problems and the willingness to maintain the ethnic language in the host countries

• Examine the disposition willingness to consider the linguistic diversity as a problem/a resource

• Investigate to what extent this disposition could be influenced by the willingness/probability of returning to the home countr, in those cases where we observe a consistent phenomenon of returning to the homeland.

• Investigate to what extent both awareness and attitudes are different according to the age of immigration vary between childhood and adulthood

• Investigate on how the interviewees perceive the institutions and the working world attitudes towards linguistic diversity and multilingualism.

Identify eventual connections among the interviewee’s attitudes towards multilingualism and contextual variables such as:

a) characteristics of local linguistic policies;

b) socio-economic and demographic characteristics in centers where surveys are conducted (e.g. educational, employment and immigration/emigration rates, safety indicators, etc.)



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