Unlocking success: effective strategies for home language maintenance

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The Croatian language encounters significant challenges in Australia, particularly as younger generations lean towards full assimilation and predominantly use English as their primary, if not sole, language. Despite prevailing indications of declining language proficiency and usage gleaned from Census data and sociolinguistic research, instances of commendable practices emerge, countering bleak prognostications for the language's future.
This paper presents data derived from semi-structured interviews conducted as part of the "Social and Affective Factors in the Maintenance of the Native Language - Croatian in Australia" research initiative. The primary focus revolves around highlighting exemplary practices adopted by Australian families. These practices enable the retention of language usage within households and the subsequent transfer of linguistic heritage to forthcoming generations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeritage and new horizons
Subtitle of host publicationCroatia and Croatians in a global context: book of abstracts
PublisherCroatian Studies Centre, Macquarie University
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2024
EventHeritage and New Horizons: Croatia and Croatians in a Global Context Conference - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 8 Feb 202411 Feb 2024


ConferenceHeritage and New Horizons: Croatia and Croatians in a Global Context Conference
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