Language maintenance, shift and ethnolinguistic vitality perceptions of Turkish speakers in the Netherlands are discussed in this paper. Using ethnolinguistic vitality theory of Giles, Bourhis &Taylor (1977) data on language use, choice and attitudes of Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands were collected. Using education as an independent variable, data has been analysed. The findings of this study have contributed further evidence to the role of education for language maintenance and shift. Better-educated Turkish immigrants have higher proficiency levels both in L1 and L2 compared to less educated informants but their attitudes towards Turkish is not as positive as the less educated group.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Journal of Social Sciences in the Turkish World|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- ethnolinguistic vitality
- Turkish immigrants
- language maintenance and shift