Multilingualism and Gendered Immigrant Identity: Perspectives from Catalonia

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This book examines the intersectionality of gendered, religious identity among Muslim women in Catalonia, and illustrates how this identity is brokered through language use in a multilingual and diasporic context. Drawing on a mixed methods study of 1st and 2nd generation immigrant women, this book also examines how acculturation is a transgenerational process reflected in linguistic behavior. Through the use of questionnaire and interview data, the author constructs a story about informants' experiences navigating life vis-à-vis language use; specifically through the use of Spanish, Catalan and native/heritage languages. This book offers a unique lens through which we can further our understanding of the role of language in the acculturation process in Catalonia. It adds to the ongoing discussion about language and migration in Catalonia and provides a valuable contribution to debates about immigrant women's language learning and use.




Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Language Use and Language Policy in Catalonia

Chapter 3. Acculturation and Negotiating Identity

Chapter 4. Research Design

Chapter 5. Spaniard on Purpose: Narratives of First Generation Informants

Chapter 6. In Two Worlds: Narratives of Second Generation Informants

Chapter 7. Catalan, Spanish and Heritage Languages: Reported Language Use and Attitudes

Chapter 8. Implications for Sociolinguistic Research

Chapter 9. Implications for Language and Immigrant-Targeted Policies

Appendix A: Questionnaire

Appendix B: Interview Questions