The dynamics of contacts and multilingual practices in the Chinese community in Britain
Revisiting Social Network Analysis
This article revisits the application of Social Network Analysis to the study of language maintenance and language shift in the Chinese community in Britain. An approach that focuses more on individual variations, including variable behaviours by the same speaker in different contexts, is proposed. The approach is illustrated with new data from Chinese-speaking families in London. The role of the social media in language maintenance and language shift, and in promoting multilingual practices is explored.
Keywords: Social Network Analysis, Chinese in Britain, language maintenance and language shift, social media
Published online: 07 January 2021
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