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dc.contributor.advisorRode, Silvia A.
dc.contributor.advisorBerg, Bartell M.
dc.contributor.advisorJensen, Jessica Garces
dc.contributor.authorPre, Serge Pacome Yao
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T18:13:44Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T18:13:44Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/365
dc.descriptionThesis available in Rice Library University Archives and Special Collection.
dc.description.abstractThe impact of second language acquisition is a key topic within sociolinguistics. Given the fact that language is part of culture and a non-static feature of identity, second language acquisition appears as an important factor of identity construction. Based on the premise that second language acquisition reshapes identity, evidence from daily experiences will support this claim and fill in the gaps of identify change. The developments of learning English in the United States in contrast to acquiring the English language in a non-English speaking country is significant because the immersion in the culture in addition to the language, introduces various cultural shifts. My thesis provides examples of cultural identity shifts through the lenses of seven cultural parameters as outlined by H. Douglas Brown; namely, dynamic relationships between language learning and reconsiderations of the learners' cultural traits when confronted with the values of the culture of the target language. It suggests that learning English in the United States is not simply a linguistic activity to improve the learner's quality of life, but it implies that the learner will adopt the cultural traits of the new environment.
dc.subjectsecond language acquisition
dc.subjectidentity shifts
dc.subjectlanguage immersion
dc.subjectcultural parameters
dc.titleSecond language acquistion and identity shifts in immersion contexts
html.description.abstractThe impact of second language acquisition is a key topic within sociolinguistics. Given the fact that language is part of culture and a non-static feature of identity, second language acquisition appears as an important factor of identity construction. Based on the premise that second language acquisition reshapes identity, evidence from daily experiences will support this claim and fill in the gaps of identify change. The developments of learning English in the United States in contrast to acquiring the English language in a non-English speaking country is significant because the immersion in the culture in addition to the language, introduces various cultural shifts. My thesis provides examples of cultural identity shifts through the lenses of seven cultural parameters as outlined by H. Douglas Brown; namely, dynamic relationships between language learning and reconsiderations of the learners' cultural traits when confronted with the values of the culture of the target language. It suggests that learning English in the United States is not simply a linguistic activity to improve the learner's quality of life, but it implies that the learner will adopt the cultural traits of the new environment.
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture
dc.typeThesis (M.A.)--University of Southern Indiana, 2017


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