‘Little Bangladesh’: A Language Landscape. Subi Subhan. Locale. (Source: http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/country/india.html). Foreign-born population in several major metropolitan cities
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Sources: Statistics Canada, 2001 Census; Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001; U.S., Census Bureau, 2000 (Ryerson University, 2004)
Top Spoken Languages of the World: Number of Native SpeakersRank Order Language Number of speakers1 Mandarin Chinese 885,000,0002 Spanish 332,000,000 3 English 322,000,000 4 Bengali (Bangla) 189,000,000 5 Hindi 182,000,000 6 Portuguese 170,000,000 6 Russian 170,000,000 8 Japanese 125,000,000______________________________________________________________________
Demographics of Bangla Speakers
Area Number of Speaks Only Speaks Mostly Speaks Equally Speaks Regularly Speaks
Bangla Bangla Bangla Bangla Bangla and English Bangla
___ Speakers at home at home at home at home at home
Toronto 18,470 15,785 6,050 5,640 1,500 2,595
Canada 34,650 29,705 12,840 9,615 2,780 4,470
Naturalistic Exploratory Inquiry
Data Collection: Ethnographic Fieldwork
Historical interviews and sources
Analysis and reporting:
1.To what extent is language maintenance noticeable within the families of Bangladeshi immigrants in Toronto?
2.To what extent and in what ways is the heritage language present and used in the context of the families?
3.What are the ranges of relationships that Bangladeshi immigrant families in Toronto have with outside contexts and resources with regards to their heritage language?
4a.In what ways do parents or adults in the family convey values and attitudes about heritage language to their children?
4b.How much importance do parents attach to the transmission of heritage language?
The Emergent Pattern