Bilingüismo con lengua heredada y autoidentidad: el caso de los hijos de inmigrantes en España

Translated title of the contribution: Heritage language bilingualism and self-identity: The case of children of immigrants in Spain

María Medvedeva, Alejandro Portes

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Abstract

This article contributes to the study of immigrants' bilingualism and self-identity by focusing on the newer, promising concept of "heritage language bilingualism". Using data from the Longitudinal Study of the Spanish Second Generation, we show that youths who reported limited proficiency in all their languages were less likely to identify with Spain. Conversely, youths proficient in Spanish and/or Catalan and in their heritage language - labeled "heritage language bilinguals" - exhibited a more relaxed self-identity: they identified with Spain, but did not consider their identification that important. Finally, neither language proficiency nor heritage language bilingualism affected attitudes toward Spain; those were influenced by the social context of reception.

Translated title of the contributionHeritage language bilingualism and self-identity: The case of children of immigrants in Spain
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Volume163
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Children of immigrants
  • Heritage language bilingualism
  • Self-Identity
  • Spain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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