Publication details [#61459]

Bozorgmehr, Mehdi and Maryam Moeini Meybodi. 2016. The Persian Paradox: Language use and maintenance among Iranian Americans. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2016 (237) : 99–118.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This paper explores American Community Survey (ACS) data on English language competence and home languages of first- and second-generation, highly educated, professional Iranian Americans. There is a high English language ability among the first-generation, but also a relatively high Persian use, at home, cultural and religious events, and via instruction, to at least preserve it through the second generation.