International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

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

Hungarian Language Competence of the Chinese Immigrants
Linda Labancz

The present research is based on a sociolinguistic fieldwork focusing on the generational patterns of linguistic practices and attitudes of Chinese immigrants in Hungary. The purposes of this study are: 1. to describe the main characteristics of the multilingual language use of the Hungarian Chinese diaspora; 2. to describe significant differences between the language competence of the first and second generation speakers. Quantitative and qualitative methods were employed in the study. The findings indicate that the language shift appears at latest until the fourth generation, which process will result in a Hungarian monolingual and monocultural status for Chinese people in Hungary.

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