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A Questionnaire Based Study of Family Language Policy in Swedish-English Bilingual Families
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3706-9880
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Family Language Policy, bilingual families, Sweden
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-73193OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-73193DiVA, id: diva2:1332266
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International Symposium on Bilingualism 12, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, June 23-28.
Available from: 2019-06-28 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-06-28

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