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Family language policy: Core issues of an emerging field

Family language policy: Core issues of an emerging field Research in the field of minority language maintenance and loss regards the fam- ily as the central driving force in children’s language socialization within the context of both minority and majority languages. The present review of current literature focuses on the emerging field of family language policy and addresses the following three components: ideology, management and practice. The inte- grated survey reviews research on the intra-family factors that can drive family language policy, the manner in which parents (mostly immigrants) and children cope with the minority-majority language reality, and the ways in which parents conduct their language policy at home. Keywords: language maintenance; family language policy; research methodol- ogy. 1. The scope of the present review From its inception, research in the field of language maintenance and shift has underscored the critical role of the family in the preservation of immi- grant and ethnic minority languages (also referred to here as L1; home lan- guage, or heritage language). The review focuses on the newly emerging field of family language policy, which according to King et al. (2008) “provides an integrated overview of research on how languages are managed, learned and negotiated within families” (2008: 907). In particular, the present http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Linguistics Review de Gruyter

Family language policy: Core issues of an emerging field

Applied Linguistics Review , Volume 1 (2010): 22 – Jun 14, 2010

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © by Walter de Gruyter GmbH
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1868-6303
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1868-6311
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10.1515/9783110222654.171
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Abstract

Research in the field of minority language maintenance and loss regards the fam- ily as the central driving force in children’s language socialization within the context of both minority and majority languages. The present review of current literature focuses on the emerging field of family language policy and addresses the following three components: ideology, management and practice. The inte- grated survey reviews research on the intra-family factors that can drive family language policy, the manner in which parents (mostly immigrants) and children cope with the minority-majority language reality, and the ways in which parents conduct their language policy at home. Keywords: language maintenance; family language policy; research methodol- ogy. 1. The scope of the present review From its inception, research in the field of language maintenance and shift has underscored the critical role of the family in the preservation of immi- grant and ethnic minority languages (also referred to here as L1; home lan- guage, or heritage language). The review focuses on the newly emerging field of family language policy, which according to King et al. (2008) “provides an integrated overview of research on how languages are managed, learned and negotiated within families” (2008: 907). In particular, the present

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Applied Linguistics Reviewde Gruyter

Published: Jun 14, 2010

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