Linguistic and Sociocultural Diversity Among South Asians The aim of this paper is to provide information about the ethnocultural and linguistic characteristics of South Asians, because South Asians are one of the most rapidly growing groups in North America. This paper overviews demographic and immigration history and describes sociocultural characteristics and major languages used by speakers of ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Linguistic and Sociocultural Diversity Among South Asians
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  • Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a certified speech-language pathologist with research interests in neurogenic language disorders in adults, bilingualism, and treatment outcomes. She has served on the Multicultural Issues Board of ASHA and as President of the Asian Indian Caucus.
    Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a certified speech-language pathologist with research interests in neurogenic language disorders in adults, bilingualism, and treatment outcomes. She has served on the Multicultural Issues Board of ASHA and as President of the Asian Indian Caucus.×
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Article   |   March 2012
Linguistic and Sociocultural Diversity Among South Asians
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, March 2012, Vol. 19, 6-11. doi:10.1044/cds19.1.6
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, March 2012, Vol. 19, 6-11. doi:10.1044/cds19.1.6

The aim of this paper is to provide information about the ethnocultural and linguistic characteristics of South Asians, because South Asians are one of the most rapidly growing groups in North America. This paper overviews demographic and immigration history and describes sociocultural characteristics and major languages used by speakers of South Asian origin, including dialectal differences in English. I emphasize that, although there are overarching sociocultural similarities among South Asians in terms of family structure and values, there is also considerable heterogeneity depending on specific subgroups, time since migration, and extent of acculturation. Finally, I present guidelines for clinicians who may make service delivery decisions about their South Asian clients.

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