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Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion in U.S.: A Study
« on: December 23, 2012, 01:08:35 PM »
Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion in U.S.:A World War I Immigrant Family Case Study

I have't studied it in full yet, but looks like a very interesting and thorough study.

Link: CursoDeArameo.com.ar - Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion


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Re: Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion in U.S.: A Study
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012, 03:49:55 PM »
a bit pessimistic la?

the only way, as far as i can tell, to combat the erosion of the language here in the U.S. is to either teach your kids the language BEFORE they go to school, or send them to an all-Assyrian school.

hopefully if i become successful enough, i wanna open up an all-assyrian school.

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Re: Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion in U.S.: A Study
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2012, 07:55:39 PM »
a bit pessimistic la?

It's not that pessimistic, it's more descriptive of language loss so that it can give you the tools in order to reverse it. :)

the only way, as far as i can tell, to combat the erosion of the language here in the U.S. is to either teach your kids the language BEFORE they go to school, or send them to an all-Assyrian school.

Teaching them the language at a young age does not guarantee that they will speak it forever. Using my own experience as an example, I spoke Assyrian solely (while learning to comprehend some English from television and the like) until I went to kindergarten, then forgot nearly all of my Assyrian soon afterwards until I made an effort to learn the language again and regain what I had lost. Of course it's better to learn the language earlier than later, but an emphasis needs to be placed on using and retaining the language once it's learned.

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Re: Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion in U.S.: A Study
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2012, 03:06:57 AM »
It's not that pessimistic, it's more descriptive of language loss so that it can give you the tools in order to reverse it. :)

Teaching them the language at a young age does not guarantee that they will speak it forever. Using my own experience as an example, I spoke Assyrian solely (while learning to comprehend some English from television and the like) until I went to kindergarten, then forgot nearly all of my Assyrian soon afterwards until I made an effort to learn the language again and regain what I had lost. Of course it's better to learn the language earlier than later, but an emphasis needs to be placed on using and retaining the language once it's learned.

such as speaking only Syriac at home?

also let me ask this, I've seen some Assyrians understand the language very well, but choose to speak English, and when I ask them of this, they say that they can understand it but don't know it; then I was thinking how does one understand a language but say they don't know it?

is it because they are more comfortable with English? or is it that they truly don't know the language but have an ability to get a grip on what you are saying?
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Re: Assyrian Language Maintenance and Erosion in U.S.: A Study
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2012, 01:12:09 PM »
such as speaking only Syriac at home?

also let me ask this, I've seen some Assyrians understand the language very well, but choose to speak English, and when I ask them of this, they say that they can understand it but don't know it; then I was thinking how does one understand a language but say they don't know it?

is it because they are more comfortable with English? or is it that they truly don't know the language but have an ability to get a grip on what you are saying?

That's completely normal, a person's language comprehension is always better than their language production. They can recognize correct Assyrian when they hear it but can't necessarily produce correct Assyrian when they're put on the spot. It would be weird if they were fluent in speaking but didn't know what they were saying, right? :)

 

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