Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation: A Hungarian Perspective (Second Language Acquisition)

Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation: A Hungarian Perspective (Second Language Acquisition) by -

Title: Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation: A Hungarian Perspective (Second Language Acquisition)
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ISBN10: 1853598852
ISBN13: 978-1853598852
Publisher: Multilingual Matters (April 12, 2006)
Language: English
Subcategory: Words, Language & Grammar
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Pages: 224 pages
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Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation: A Hungarian Perspective (Second Language Acquisition) by -


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This volume presents the results of the largest ever language attitude/motivation survey in second language studies. The research team gathered data from over 13,000 Hungarian language learners on three successive occasions: in 1993, 1999 and 2004. The examined period covers a particularly prominent time in Hungary's history, the transition from a closed, Communist society to a western-style democracy that became a member of the European Union in 2004. Thus, the book provides an ‘attitudinal/motivational flow-chart' describing how significant sociopolitical changes affect the language disposition of a nation.The investigation focused on the appraisal of five target languages – English, German, French, Italian and Russian – and this multi-language design made it also possible to observe the changing status of the different languages in relation to each other over the examined 12-year period. Thus, the authors were in an ideal position to investigate the ongoing impact of language globalisation in a context where for various political/historical reasons certain transformation processes took place with unusual intensity and speed. The result is a unique blueprint of how and why language globalisation takes place in an actual language learning environment.