Family Language Policy and Childhood Bilingualism: A Multidimensional Theoretical Analysis

  • Maria Andritsou Primary School Teacher, M.Sc., Intercultural Education
  • Konstantinos Chatzidimou

Abstract

This paper focuses on the micro-level of language policy and aims to point out the critical role of family language policy (FLP) in language maintenance/shift of minority/heritage home language(s) and childhood bilingualism. FLP could resist broader language ideologies by transforming parents’ language ideologies and attitudes into language practices and language management that support the development of active or additional childhood bilingualism. Through a research into the interdisciplinary components of FLP, this paper aims to illustrate aspects of multilevel and dynamic relationships between each of these core components. An introduction to FLP as a research field is included as well as some of the studies that spotlighted the way parental agency in regard to each of the three FLP components could shape, explicitly or implicitly, language use and planning for the minority/heritage home language(s).
Published
Dec 12, 2020
How to Cite
ANDRITSOU, Maria; CHATZIDIMOU, Konstantinos. Family Language Policy and Childhood Bilingualism: A Multidimensional Theoretical Analysis. European Journal of Language and Literature, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 3, p. 54-66, dec. 2020. ISSN 2411-4103. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejls/article/view/4907>. Date accessed: 10 apr. 2021.