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Att tala ett främmande språk - Att behärska det nya landets kultur: En studie utifrån intervjuer med åtta ungdomar om flerspråkighet och identitetens betydelse
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This work is an essay on language, multilingualism, and identity. My purpose in this work was to try and explore how today's young people views in their native language, identity and language development in a multicultural society. I was also interested in how young people find a balance between two very different cultures. Since my work will be based on interviews, I have chosen a qualitative approach. My choice of the qualitative method is primarily related to my purpose. I chose the qualitative research because it goes in depth and try to describe why and how things happen. Qualitative research deal with, observational studies of various kinds, the interpretation of texts, interviews with individuals or focus groups

In the interviews, the discussion is usually completely open and focuses on the participant's opinions, feelings, experiences, attitudes, etc. The purpose of qualitative research is to detect and identify the characteristics and nature drives with anyone. I also believe that the qualitative method leads me into close contact with my informants. My results tend to show that multilingual children and young people have a better ability to reach their states goals and think long term than those children who did not retain their mother tongue. The results of this work show that children who master their native language feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and the mother tongue has affected these young people's self-esteem and identity. The children who talked more than two languages had better language skills in their parents' native language than the adolescents who had difficulty mastering it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 50 p.
Keyword [sv]
Language, Multilingualism, Language, Culture, Identity, Values
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15372OAI: diva2:500118
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Södertörens högskola (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-14Bibliographically approved

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