International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Study on Language Acculturation of Korean Descendants in Germany
Young-Mi Choi

In this study, language is discussed in the context of acculturation, within which the significance of language and bilingualism is explained. According to Berry’s acculturation strategy, it is postulated that a classification can be drawn between four different types of language acculturation. This study inquires into how Korean descendants in Germany come to exhibit what types of language acculturation patterns they manifest. The research questions are 1) How do Korean descendants in Germany acculturate themselves to German society with regard to language?2) To what extent does the knowledge of two languages have positive effects, and what determinants are important in language integration? This study is conducted of the conditions for language integration according to different factors. Binary logistic regression is applied, using language integration as the dependent variable. Language integration is significantly predicted by all variables, including: mother’s reason for immigration; parents’ place of origin; gender; mother’s level of education.

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