This qualitative study examines the heritage language experiences in the homes of two second generation Cambodian Americans living in California. By analyzing naturally occurring language interactions, this study investigates the motivating factors for Khmer language preservation and the functions that are reserved for Khmer conversations. Specific attention is given to exploring language ideologies and to the symbolic function of using Khmer. Analysis of the data indicated that different functions served as linguistic vehicles to˙ maintain the Khmer language, and symbolically serves˙to activate the Cambodian identity. More specifically, these speakers enact their Cambodian identity through the use of the Khmer language. Furthermore, interviews reveal the importance of the social context of forming a dual identity in a society that values cultural and linguistic unity. The data of this study can be seen as an avenue for studying Khmer as a heritage language.
|Commitee:||Abbuhl, Rebekha, Sharifi, Amir|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Linguistics, Asian American Studies|
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