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Actitudes hacia la lengua náhuatl: Un estudio sociolingüístico con jóvenes de la Ciudad deMéxico.
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Spanish.
2014 (Spanish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [es]

Nahuatl is one of the indigenous languages in Mexico that is at risk of falling out of use. The research in the last years have showed that this occurs due to the low amount of Nahuatl speakers and the social stigma and discrimination towards the indigenous peoples, among other factors.The studies of language attitudes are relevant when making attempts to revitalize a language. As Mexico City authorities have considered to implement a revitalization project, we wanted to approach the real situation of Nahuatl in that city. Our purpose was to measure the attitudes of young people towards this language. By using a direct method –a questionnaire- we asked two groups of students if they agreed or disagreed with some items about Nahuatl and its speakers. One group had contact with Nahuatl speakers and but not the other one. We compared the results and they showed that the students who have contact with Nahuatl have more positive attitudes than those who don’t have any contact with it. This study also revealed that the reason why the first group showed positive attitudes was solidarity with the Nahuatl speakers. However, the both groups considered that speaking or learning Nahuatl cannot contribute to raise their status in the Mexican society.

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language attitudes, revitalization, Nahuatl, endangered language, indigenous language, instrumental and integrative motivations
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-17069OAI: diva2:792562
Available from: 2015-03-04 Created: 2015-03-04 Last updated: 2015-03-13Bibliographically approved

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