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Title: Language and the shaping of the Arab-American identity
Author: Almubayei, Dalal S.
Abstract: This study is an attempt to shed light on the interaction between language and the ethnic, cultural, and religious identities of Arab-Americans. It employs two focus groups consisting of Arab-Americans who share a group dialogue about the aspects of language and identity. The groups differ in terms of two variables: age and generation. Participants shared their experiences, life stories, feelings, and perspectives about the role of Arabic and English in their lives. The older participants emphasized a concern of language and ethnic identity loss among their U.S. born children, while younger participants talked about the importance of Arabic to belong and identify with first-generation parents and other Arabs in the homelands.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/1198
Date: 2007

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