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The relevance of motility in language shift research
Motility (sometimes referred to as ‘mobility capital’ or ‘mobility potential’) is
a still understudied and underutilised concept in both migration and
sociolinguistic literature. Perhaps even more than actual mobility, it can shed
an important light on the possible connection between language and migration. In
this theoretical article, it will be argued that motility can both be a
potential catalyst for language shift, but can in other instances also
contribute to language maintenance. Inspired by Fishman’s Graded
Intergenerational Disruption Scale (GIDS) and Simon and Lewis’ Expanded Graded
Intergenerational Scale (EGIDS), it is assumed that the most important factor in
processes of language shift is the attitude of parents, in particular their
willingness to transmit their heritage language to their children. This
willingness is connected with the perception of the value of the heritage
language, which might be, in addition to other factors, influenced by the
mobility capital the heritage language might give future generations. The
interplay between migrant networks in different countries and the country of
origin is key in understanding the parents’ decision-making process.
Furthermore, the three main features of motility (access, competence and
appropriation) fit quite logically in the already existing EGIDS scale. This
article thus argues that motility is a valuable and necessary concept for
sociolinguistic research and migration scholars alike.
- The (E)GIDS scale and motility
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