The Portuguese Diaspora in Jersey

Beswick, Jaine (2007) The Portuguese Diaspora in Jersey. In, Preisler, Bent, Fabricius, Anne, Haberland, Hartmut, Kjaerbeck, Susanne and Risager, Karen (eds.) The Consequences of Mobility. Roskilde, Denmark, Roskilde University, 93-105.


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This present paper concerns recent migrations from the Portuguese mainland and from the island of Madeira to
the English and French speaking territory of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. On-going research is
being carried out with a group of students from the Jersey community and studying at the University of
Southampton. Through a series of informal discussions and class participation exercises, a detailed evaluation
of both behavioural and attitudinal evidence pertaining to these languages in context is carried out. Moreover,
the students own observations about their home community’s sociolinguistic network and notions of identity
afford a valuable insight into the hierarchical and attitudinal factors which determine the interpersonal
communication strategies employed on a day-to-day basis. To this end, tentative conclusions are made
regarding the ethnolinguistic vitality of the younger members of this particular community.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 8773496510 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 37922
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
20 November 2007Published
Date Deposited: 26 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:07

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