My study consisted of ethnographic interviews with young adults ages 19-28, who were born and raised in Germany to parents emigrated from Turkey. My main research question was, “What role does language play in the subjects’ conception of ethnic/cultural identity?” Specifically, I focused on the role of language in how subjects identify with or distinguish themselves from: (1) the ethnic/cultural majority in their country of residence, i.e. Germans; (2) the ethnic/cultural majority in their parents’ country of origin, i.e. Turks in Turkey; and (3) others of similar immigration background, i.e. other German-born people of Turkish descent. Originally I only intended to investigate how the subjects view their own and others’ identity, however it became clear that outsiders’ perceptions often affect self-conceptions, and thus I have included some discussion of this topic as well.
Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics | First and Second Language Acquisition
Jenkins, Emily R., "Ich Rede, wie Ich Mich Wohl Fühle: Language and Ethnic/Cultural Identity among German-born Young Adults of Turkish Descent in Berlin" (2004). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. Paper 512.