Artículo de Revista
Acquisition and transmission of mapudungún in urban speakers
Adquisición y transmisión del mapudungún en hablantes urbanos
Literatura y Linguistica, Nº 23, 193-211, 2011
An analysis is presented on the language-acquisition process in a diversified sample of mapudungun urban speakers. Based on a sociolinguistic survey, we examine the sequence of language acquisition, transmission agents and interaction with parents during early socialization. Results show different profiles integrating particular features from each one of these dimensions. The foremost group of speakers are those who acquire active competence in mapudungun as a second language. The circumstances of their individual processes reveal the permanent tension involved when speakers try to adopt socio-linguistic patterns consistent with their ethnic identification.