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Family language policy in Swedish-English families: Rhizomatic conceptualisations
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013). Uppsala University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3706-9880
2023 (English)In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS, ISSN 2192-9521, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 312-340Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although past research has established that family language policies are composed of numerous complex, entangled, heterogenous elements, as of yet, most works grounded within this research paradigm do not attempt to fully embrace this complexity. This article argues that the complexity can be more fully engaged with by conceptualising a family language policy as a rhizomatic system which consists of a multiplicity of temporary assemblages. Drawing on video recordings, interviews, and stimulated recall protocols from a project on the dimensions of language in Swedish-English families, this article aims to consider how interactional episodes within these families can be viewed as an assemblage of material elements, experiences, agential forces, and conceptual discourses. It is argued that through the analysis of multiple assemblages, and through the consideration of the connectivity between such assemblages, that a holistic picture of the rhizomatic structure that is a family language policy begins to be built.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Walter de Gruyter, 2023. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 312-340
Keywords [en]
rhizome, assemblage, family language policy, bilingualism
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-94989DOI: 10.1515/eujal-2022-0042ISI: 000986730500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85161349086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-94989DiVA, id: diva2:1761697
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I Tim Roberts avhandling med titeln: Language practices in Swedish-English families

Available from: 2023-06-01 Created: 2023-06-01 Last updated: 2023-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Language practices in Swedish-English families
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2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation examines the family language practices of Swedish-English families using an interdisciplinary and mixed-method approach. The principal aim is to empirically document what these practices are, as well as how practices interact with various ideological, conceptual, and contextual factors.

The dissertation is composed of four empirical studies and a comprehensive summary with seven chapters. In order to engage with the complex, multidimensional nature of bilingual family language practices, the empirical studies adopt four different theoretical and methodological frameworks. Study I uses a large-scale quantitative approach to investigate the connection between declared family language practices and macro societal factors. Study II adopts a conversation analytic approach to examine the local sequential context of family language practices. Study III uses a rhizomatic discourse analytic approach, which considers how family language practices can be conceptualised as an assemblage of semiotic resources, objects, space, and time. Finally, Study IV focuses on the affective and psychological dimensions of language practices by adopting an interpretative phenomenological approach that explores participants’ thoughts, feelings, and their lived experiences with language.

The chapters of the comprehensive summary discuss the four empirical studies in relation to an expanded theoretical framework and in relation to each other. Although the epistemological and theoretical perspectives adopted in the four studies are different, they all consider how language practices are fundamentally situated in the local context of occurrence. Each study illuminates a portion of this local context, which, when triangulated, leads to a richer understanding of language practices than would be obtained with a single approach alone. In addition, the findings emphasise and exemplify how the context-sensitive dimensions of agency, identity, and emotion are inherently connected to language practices in bilingual families.

Abstract [en]

What are the language practices in Swedish-English families? Why are these practices the way they are? Answering questions like these is surprisingly complex and requires investigation from multiple angles. This dissertation addresses the abovementioned questions through the adoption of an interdisciplinary and mixed-method approach, which centres on uncovering the family language practices of Swedish-English families in situ. In addition, the analyses relate these language practices to the views and past experiences of family members. The data consists of video recordings of everyday family life, interviews with family members, and language practice questionnaires. Findings reveal that the language practices of Swedish-English families appear to be influenced by socioeconomic status, family constellation, family relationships, activities of everyday life, epistemic orders, space, time, as well as family members’ thoughts, feelings, and desires. The dissertation offers a multidimensional approach to engaging with the full complexity of family language practices in bilingual families.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2023. p. 109
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2023:3
Keywords
family language policy, bilingualism, conversation analysis, rhizome, linguistic repertoires, Swedish, English
National Category
Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-92753 (URN)978-91-7867-334-6 (ISBN)978-91-7867-335-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-01-31, Sjöströmsalen, 1B 309, Karlstad, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2023-01-10 Created: 2022-12-20 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved

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