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Family Language Policies in a Multilingual World

Opportunities, Challenges, and Consequences, 1st Edition

Edited by John Macalister, Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi


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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.


"An important contribution to the new studies that help understand why the family is such an important site for the study of language policy. This interesting collection of cases makes clear the complex external influences and internal beliefs (some probably mistaken) that influence language choice in the family and neighborhood."

Bernard Spolsky, Professor Emeritus, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"Family language transmission is closely intertwined with social and political macro developments. By shaping language transmission, families themselves act as political players, (un)consciously opposing or following power relations. This volume on family language choice thus provides invaluable perspectives on potential balance and power shifts within the near future and in different contexts around the world."

Katharina Brizic, Professor, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

Table of Contents

1. Beginnings John Macalister & Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi

Part I: Challenges in Family Language Policy

2. Family Language Policy: New Directions Cassie Smith-Christmas

3. Family Language Policy for Deaf Children and the Vitality of New Zealand Sign Language Rachel McKee & Kirsten Smiler

4. Family Language Practices as Emergent Policies in Child-Headed Households in Rural Uganda Maureen Kendrick & Elizabeth Namazzi

5. Exploring Family Language policies Among Azerbaijani-Speaking Families in the City of Tabriz, Iran Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi

6. The Role of the Zapotec Language from Lozoga’ in the Californian Migrant Community Daisy Bernal Lorenzo

7. Adrift in an Anglophone World: Refugee Families’ Language Policy Challenges

Diego Navarro & John Macalister

PART II: Opportunities in Family Language Policy

8. How Religious Ideologies and Practices Impact on Family Language Policy – Ethiopians in Wellington Melanie Revis

9. "I speak all of the language!": Engaging in Family Language Policy Research with Multilingual Children in Montreal Alison Crump

10. Dynamic Family Language Policy: Heritage Language Socialization and Strategic Accommodation in the Home Corinne Seals

11. Language Ideologies, Social Capital, and Interaction Strategies: AN ethnogrpah8ic Case Study of Family Language Policy in Singapore Guangwei Hu & Li Ren

PART III: Consequences for Family Language Policy

12. Home: A Confluence of Discourses in Multilingual Linguistic Ecologies

Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi & John Macalister

About the Editors

John Macalister is Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi is Lecturer at Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Iran.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language