Sarah Raymon z5088056
INTERVIEW OBSERVATIONS AND ANALYSIS
- There seems to be a purpose for this language space, which is to support and pass on Greek culture and language in this English dominant country. As such, these spaces offer language classes. So beyond providing a comfortable space for native Greek speakers, it also serves the purpose of passing down culture and language in an attempt to keep it relevant for the generations that have no personal connections to it beyond heritage.
- In this religious institution, while there is a unifying factor of language and an aim to maintain and perpetuate culture, there is still a sense of higher purpose beyond the speech group. This higher purpose is religion. Beyond Greek culture and language, the ultimate actualisation of this speech site is the acceptance of God.
- Beyond the speech community there also seems to be a level of responsibility to the wider community, that as a church there exists a responsibility to provide care for any person who needs it. This is reflected in the fact that the church still opens up to all members of the wider community, from any nationality, offering free meals each day.
- There is an interesting shift in impetus from when perhaps the Greek community were predominantly immigrants to now when they are almost third Generation Australians. As such both the needs of the community have changed and the role of the speech site has changed. The church once offered English classes as the community of immigrants needed to learn to integrate and engage with English, where now they offer Greek classes as the second and third generations need to actively learn about their heritage. Where once the community offered a place for engaging with familiarity in culture and language now the church serves to offer a space to teach and keep culture alive to a member-base that are somewhat disconnected.
- The question of relevance in the newer generation seems to be increasingly difficult as well. As the generations go on there is less of a personal connection to Greek culture and language and as such it is harder to keep these things alive and of course this is reflected in a lack of attendance from the younger generation and a decrease in Greek being spoken outside the church services in the social spaces of this speech community.