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Title: 
The significance of children’s English network patterns on community language use
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Sep-2000
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Saravanan, V. (2000). The significance of children’s English network patterns on community language use. In J. Ee, Berinderjeet Kaur, N. H. Lee and B. H. Yeap (Eds.), New ‘Literacies’: Educational response to a knowledge-based society: Proceedings of the ERA-AME-AMIC Joint Conference 2000 (pp. 322-329). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
Abstract: 
In an earlier survey on three generation bilingual families, children's language choice patterns was reported in (Saravanan,1999). Chinese children tended to choose more English than Malay or Tamil children during interaction with parents and siblings. Data on bilingual and trilingual networks, as well as the range of bilingual networks speakers in the community (cf. Wei, 1994) have contact with and establish, was analysed in the form of family case studies in Saravanan (1999). Several network types and patterns of language use in family networks have emerged from the analysis. While there were patterns of both functional and social intersectional behaviour the observations show that families which have fewer contacts with extended familial relations of grandparents, aunts and uncles will find it more difficult to maintain their mother tongues compared to families which belong to an active familial network that includes the grandparent generation.
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This paper was published in the Proceedings of the ERA-AME-AMIC Joint Conference held at Singapore from 4-6 September 2000
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