This study explores the relationship between language- related attitudes of English speaking immigrants in Israel and their choice of LI or L2 (Hebrew) for communication with their Israeli-born children. A sample of 20 parents was interviewed. An unexpected finding was that lack of proficiency in L2 just as often encouraged a parent to choose L2 as LI. Among the other motivating factors, child-based reasons, including the estimated effects of bilingualism, were more significant overall than socially-based sentiments. Measures of traditionalism and nationalism and of prejudice for or against each language group did not discriminate between the two kinds of parents. However, attitudes toward the language per se were in the direction of language choice. Each group attributed more positive characteristics to its own choice then to the other language.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
|Published - 1987