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Roberts, T. (2019). A Questionnaire Based Study of Family Language Policy in Swedish-English Bilingual Families. In: : . Paper presented at International Symposium on Bilingualism 12, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, June 23-28..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Questionnaire Based Study of Family Language Policy in Swedish-English Bilingual Families
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study draws on data from a questionnaire which was distributed nationwide in Sweden in 2018. The informants were parents in families in which one parent is a native English speaker and one parent is a native Swedish speaker. The questionnaire, completed by over 300 informants, was an online questionnaire consisting of twenty questions. Five of these questions related to language policies in and outside of the home, namely, the language(s) the informant uses outside of the home, the language(s) the informant uses with the other parent, the language(s) the informant uses with their children, the language(s) the other parent uses with their children, and the language(s) the children use together (if applicable). In this study, the responses to these five questions form outcome variables, while the responses to the other questions form predictor variables. Data were analysed using inferential statistics.

The predictor variables I use are grounded in current Family Language Policy research which suggests that economic, political, socio-cultural, and linguistic factors influence language use amongst family members (Curdt-Christiansen, 2009:355). In this study, I discuss correlations between language policies and factors such as the father versus the mother as the minority language parent, rural versus urban contexts, parental education level, parental employment status, current relationship status between parents, the ages of children in a family, and the number of children in a family. I also discuss the extent to which the Swedish societal context in particular may mediate the findings presented, and whether these findings might be able to help us understand Family Language Policy more generally.

Keywords
Family Language Policy, bilingual families, Sweden
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-73193 (URN)
Conference
International Symposium on Bilingualism 12, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, June 23-28.
Available from: 2019-06-28 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-10-31Bibliographically approved
Ljung Egeland, B., Roberts, T., Sandlund, E. & Sundqvist, P. (Eds.). (2019). Klassrumsforskning och språk(ande): Rapport från ASLA-symposiet i Karlstad, 12-13 april, 2018. Paper presented at ASLA-symposiet i Karlstad, 12-13 april, 2018. Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Klassrumsforskning och språk(ande): Rapport från ASLA-symposiet i Karlstad, 12-13 april, 2018
2019 (Swedish)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Den svenska föreningen för tillämpad språkvetenskap (ASLA, Association Suédoise de Linguistique Appliquée) är den svenska avdelningen av internationella AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée). ASLA grundades 1966 och har till uppgift att främja forskning kring praktiska problem med anknytning till språk, förmedla kontakt mellan språkforskare i Sverige och andra länder, samt rekrytera till de forskningsnätverk som AILA organiserar.

ASLA-föreningen arrangerar regelbundet symposier vid olika svenska lärosäten där såväl svenska som utländska deltagare möts. För närvarande hålls symposiet vartannat år och den 12–13 april 2018 välkomnade Karlstads universitet deltagare från inte mindre än 15 länder. Temat för ASLAsymposiet 2018 var ”Klassrumsforskning och språk(ande)”, på engelska ”Classroom research and language/languaging”. Föreliggande volym representerar fjorton av de bidrag som presenterades vid symposiet och som på olika sätt anknyter till symposiets tema. Volymen speglar den bredd och det djup som den tillämpade språkvetenskapen och ASLA:s verksamhet representerar: från barn till vuxna, från aktionsforskning med lärare till språkandets många faser och både i och utanför skolan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2019. p. 341
Series
ASLA:s skriftserie ; 27
Keywords
ASLA, språkvetenskap, skolforskning
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72219 (URN)978-91-87884-27-6 (ISBN)
Conference
ASLA-symposiet i Karlstad, 12-13 april, 2018
Available from: 2019-05-31 Created: 2019-05-31 Last updated: 2019-06-04Bibliographically approved
Soler, J. & Roberts, T. (2019). Parents’ and grandparents’ views on home language regimes: Language ideologies and trajectories of two multilingual families in Sweden. Critical inquiry In Language Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Parents’ and grandparents’ views on home language regimes: Language ideologies and trajectories of two multilingual families in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Critical inquiry In Language Studies, ISSN 1542-7587, E-ISSN 1542-7595Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The authors investigate the sociolinguistic dynamics in multilingual families from the point of view of speakers’ linguistic trajectories, ideologies, and repertoires. Drawing on interview data from intermarried couples of different generational and linguistic profiles of two families in Sweden, the authors examine how speakers’ lived experience with different languages shapes their stance toward bi- and multilingualism and how that particular stance in turn produces a series of effects and helps constructing specific language ideological frameworks from where speakers in that given context operate. From our analysis, it appears that an ideology of the native speaker as the legitimate and authoritative type of speaker is strongly present; the native speaker is in turn the one responsible for transmitting his or her language to the children. This is problematized by the reported language mixing that occurs in the home environment and the resulting nonobservance of the one person–one language strategy. More important than that, we argue that speakers’ ideological viewpoint in a social environment takes place dialogically and discursively. This has important consequences individually, for the speakers involved in that context, and collectively, for the type of framework that emerges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
family language policy, Language ideologies, linguistic repertoires, linguistic trajectories, multilingual families
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71275 (URN)10.1080/15427587.2018.1564878 (DOI)2-s2.0-85060255067 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-02-21 Created: 2019-02-21 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved
Roberts, T. (2017). Linguistic trajectories, ideologies and repertoires of multilingual families in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at The 2nd Symposium of Language Policy in the Family, the Preschool and the School. Heading for the future! University of Jyväskylä, 7-8 April 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Linguistic trajectories, ideologies and repertoires of multilingual families in Sweden
2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72057 (URN)
Conference
The 2nd Symposium of Language Policy in the Family, the Preschool and the School. Heading for the future! University of Jyväskylä, 7-8 April 2017.
Available from: 2019-05-16 Created: 2019-05-16 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved
Roberts, T. & Soler, J. (2016). Language practice and ideology in trans-national multilingual families: Focus on English. In: : . Paper presented at The 9th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, Lleida, 27-29 June 2016..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Language practice and ideology in trans-national multilingual families: Focus on English
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Past research into English as a lingua franca (ELF) has primarily focused on the domains of academia and business (e.g. Kankaanranta and Louhiala-Salminen 2010; Mauranen 2012), with little focus on the use of ELF in the family context (see, however, Pietikäinen 2014). In parallel to that, Family Language Policy (FLP) has emerged as a field of interest bridging the areas of language acquisition and language management (e.g. King et al. 2008; Schwartz 2010). However, in the majority of the cases, research on FLP has been concerned with the maintenance of migrant or minority languages. As a consequence, the lingua franca use of English in multilingual families has not featured prominently in FLP research.

In this presentation we consider ELF in the family context and present preliminary findings from a series of semi-structured interviews taken from our study focusing on transnational intermarried couples who reside in Sweden. We examine the role that ELF and other languages play in the lives of these families with regards to intrafamilial and extrafamilial language use. The results highlight the complex multilingual lives of the informants and give insight into how different language ideologies manifest themselves in the family context. Furthermore, we relate our findings to Blommaert & Backus (2011) and consider what it means to ‘know’ a language in the context of enhanced complexity, superdiversity and transnational mobility.

National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72056 (URN)
Conference
The 9th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, Lleida, 27-29 June 2016.
Available from: 2019-05-16 Created: 2019-05-16 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved
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