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Ideologies, struggles and contradictions: an account of mothers raising their children bilingually in Luxembourgish and English in Britain
Kirsch, Claudine
2012In International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 15 (1), p. 95-112
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Keywords :
childhood bilingualism; minority languages; multilingualism; language planning; bilingual acquisition; language ideologies
Abstract :
[en] Researchers have studied family language planning within bilingual family contexts but there is a dearth of studies that examine language planning of multilingual parents who raise their children in one of the world’s lesser spoken languages. In this study I explore the ideologies and language planning of Luxembourgish mothers who are raising their children bilingually in Luxembourgish and English in Great Britain, where there is no Luxembourgish community to support them and where a monolingual discourse prevails. All mothers strongly identified with Luxembourgish, aimed at developing active bilingualism and recognised their role in ensuring exposure to Luxembourgish. However, five mothers choose a one-person-two-languages model which limits exposure to Luxembourgish. The article illustrates the extent to which the mothers’ management of their own and of the children’s language use is mediated by their ideologies, experiences of multilingualism and their interactions in a large monolingual setting.
Disciplines :
Languages & linguistics
Education & instruction
Identifiers :
UNILU:UL-ARTICLE-2012-1129
Author, co-author :
Kirsch, Claudine  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Languages, Culture, Media and Identities (LCMI)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Ideologies, struggles and contradictions: an account of mothers raising their children bilingually in Luxembourgish and English in Britain
Publication date :
2012
Journal title :
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
ISSN :
1367-0050
eISSN :
1747-7522
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis
Volume :
15
Issue :
1
Pages :
95-112
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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