1st Edition

Multilingual La La Land
Language Use in Sixteen Greater Los Angeles Communities

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ISBN 9781138580510
August 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Home to immigrants from more than 140 countries speaking over 200 languages, Los Angeles is a microcosm of the world. While Los Angeles' ethnic enclaves have been the subject of study by researchers from a wide range of fields, these enclaves remain under-researched from a linguistic standpoint. Multilingual La La Land addresses the sociolinguistic landscape of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, providing in-depth accounts of the twelve most spoken languages in the region.

Each chapter introduces the history of the language in the LA region, uses census figures and residential patterns to examine location-based and network-based speech communities, and discusses the patterns of usage that characterize the language, and motivations to maintain the language. For each language, this book considers how these patterns and trends bear on the vitality of a language in the region.

Table of Contents


Arabic in Greater Los Angeles: Many Varieties, One Community

    By Afaf Nash

Armenian in Greater Los Angeles: Negotiating Intralinguistic Diversity in a Diaspora Epicenter

    By Shushan Karapetian and Hagop Gulludjian

Chinese: Multiple Varieties in a Changing Greater Los Angeles

    By Ming-Hsuan Wu, Claire Hitchins Chik and Andrew Simpson

Filipino: Language Practices and Affective Connections in Greater Los Angeles

    By Nenita Pambid Domingo, Claire Hitchins Chik and Maria Carreira

French: Challenges and Opportunities in Greater Los Angeles

    By Mina Soroosh, Claire Hitchins Chik and Fabrice Jaumont

German: The Invisible Language Minority

    By Britta Bothe

Hebrew and Yiddish in Greater Los Angeles: Bilingualism, Metalinguistic Communities, and Ethnolinguistic Infusion

    By Sarah Bunin Benor and Netta Avineri

Japanese: Language Practices and Cultural Exposure over Multiple Generations in Greater Los Angeles

    By Mary Ann Triest, Asako Hayashi Takakura and Claire Hitchins Chik

Khmer Language Use and Presence in the Linguistic Landscape of Greater Los Angeles’ Cambodia Town

    By Wayne E. Wright and Virak Chan

Korean in Greater Los Angeles: Negotiation between the Individual and Ethnolinguistic Community Across Generations

    By Hannah Saeyoung Lim

Languages of India

Persian Language Use and Vitality in Tehrangeles

    By Amy Malek

Russian in Greater Los Angeles: A Changing Landscape

    By Susan Kresin, Dante Matero and Susan Bauckus

Los Angeles: Where Spanish was never a Foreign Language

    By Maria Carreira

Thai as a Diasporic Language in Greater Los Angeles

    By Shoichi Iwasaki and Jenjit Gasigitamrong

Vietnamese: Language Use in Little Saigon and Other Greater Los Angeles Neighborhoods

By Natalie A. Tran, Bang Lang Do and Claire Hitchins Chik

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Claire Hitchins Chik is an Associate Director of the Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA.