Multimodal Domains and Affordances for Home Language Maintenance Created by Web 2.0 and Mobile Technologies: Intergenerational Impacts

By Liam Morgan and Maria Gabriella Peter.

Published by Journal of Technologies in Knowledge Sharing

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This paper examines the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on the maintenance of home languages in Australia and on language practices in home and school environments. The findings reported here are drawn from a major funded study that investigated the language practices and attitudes of school students across mainstream schools, community schools and the government Saturday Schools of Community Languages in Sydney and Wollongong, Australia. The analysis revealed complex patterns of language use in families and communities and firmly established that Internet based applications and travel are factors that are having major impacts on the language practices of families who speak a language additional to English in the home. It also revealed a ‘disconnect’ between the rich interactions in the Home-use of Web 2.0 technologies and overall patterns of use in school environments.

Keywords: Language Maintenance, Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication

Journal of Technologies in Knowledge Sharing, Volume 10, Issue 3-4, September 2015, pp.21-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: October 12, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 457.830KB)).

Prof. Liam Morgan

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Maria Gabriella Peter

Research Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia