Family Language Policies in a Multilingual World: Opportunities, Challenges, and Consequences

1st Edition

John Macalister, Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi

Routledge
Published January 6, 2017
Reference - 244 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138666078 - CAT# Y230320
Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

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Summary

Through case studies from around the world, this book illustrates the opportunities and challenges facing families negotiating the issues of language maintenance and language learning in the home. Every family living in a bi/multilingual environment faces the question of what language(s) to speak with their children and must make a decision, consciously or otherwise, about these issues. Exploring links between language policy in the home and wider society in a range of diverse settings, the contributors utilize various research tools, including interviews, questionnaires, observations, and archival document analysis, to explore linguistic ideologies and practices of family members in the home, illuminating how these are shaped by macro-level societal processes.

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