Arab American Parents' Attitudes Toward Their Children's Heritage Language Maintenance and Language Practices Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Martin, Natalie
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • This study explored the language practices and attitudes towards Arabic of Arab American parents (N=94) and examined associations between perceived racism and language practices and attitudes. Self-identified Arab American parents with at least one child between the ages of 5 and 18 were surveyed. Parents were asked questions about their family's language proficiency in Arabic, how they use Arabic in their lives, whether they encourage their children to use Arabic, their attitudes towards the Arabic language, and perceived racism. Results indicate that parents hold positive attitudes towards Arabic and engage in various language practices that promote the maintenance of Arabic in their families. Results indicate that racism is not significantly associated with language attitudes or language encouragement.
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