Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Faraway, so close : trilingualism in the Basque autonomous community and Malta from a socio-educational perspective
Other Titles: Current Multilingualism : A New Linguistic Dispensation
Authors: Caruana, Sandro
Lasagabaster, David
Keywords: Education -- Malta
Multilingual education -- Malta
Education, Bilingual -- Malta
Language and languages -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Citation: Caruana, S., & Lasagabaster, D. (2013). Faraway, so close: trilingualism in the Basque autonomous community and Malta from a socio-educational perspective. In D. Singleton, J. Fishman, L. Aronin & M. O Laoire (Eds.), Current Multilingualism: A New Linguistic Dispensation (pp. 45-68). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Abstract: Malta and the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC) represent two very distant contexts with very different linguistic, historical and cultural characteristics. However, within both contexts there is a sociolinguistic situation wherein a ‘local’ language (Maltese in Malta and Basque in the BAC) is in contact with a language which is very widespread internationally, namely English and Spanish respectively. In Malta and in the BAC many individuals have an integrative attitude towards Maltese and Basque as these two languages enable speakers to feel part of a clear-cut linguistic community. Due to their international status, English and Spanish are mainly useful for wider communication purposes. Besides, within both contexts there are positive language attitudes towards multilingualism and, not surprisingly, Italian in Malta and English in the BAC are seen in a positive light and play a significant role within the respective societies. In this paper we reflect on how learning three languages features in the two educational systems, and we illustrate how Malta and the BAC share some remarkable analogies, despite the obvious differences between the two contexts.
ISBN: 9781614512813
Appears in Collections:Scholarly Works - FacEduLHE

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
  Restricted Access
693.53 kBAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy

Items in OAR@UM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.