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New Roads

Apr 18, 2019

Language and identity— but this time also about belonging and anxiety (or guilt) – Dr. Shushan Karapetian researches these issues in the framework of heritage languages in a diasporic context. In conversation with Salpi Ghazarian, director of the Institute of Armenian Studies, they discuss the trajectory of bilingual education, and the link between the Armenian language and expressions of Armenianness.

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“Out of the box: Challenging approaches to language transmission in the Diaspora.” Innovate Armenia. University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA, April 2. 

Karapetian, S. (2014) "How Do I Teach My Kids My Broken Armenian?": A Study of Eastern Armenian Heritage Language Speakers in Los Angeles (Doctoral dissertation). 

Karapetian, S.  (2019). “Eastern Armenian speakers as potential Western Armenian learners: Reflections on second dialect acquisition.” B. Der Matossian & B. Der Mugrdechian (Eds.), Western Armenian in the 21st Century: Challenges and New Approaches. Fresno, CA: The Press at Fresno State. 

Karapetian, S. (2018). “The evolving role of language in the construction of Armenian identity in the diaspora.” In H. Berberian & T. Daryaee (Eds.), Armenian Identity Through the Ages. Mazda Publishers.

Karapetian, S. (2018). “Defective Armenian: The destructive impact of heritage language anxiety.” In S. Kresin & S. Bauckus (Eds.), Connecting across Languages and Cultures: A Heritage Language Festschrift in Honor of Olga E. Kagan. Bloomington, IN: Slavica.

Karapetian, S. (2017). “Challenges with institutionalizing a pluricentric diasporic language: The case of Armenian in Los Angeles.” In O. Kagan, M. Carreira, & C. Chick (Eds.), A Handbook on Heritage Language Education: From Innovation to Program Building. New York and London: Routledge.