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ERIC Number: EJ1126827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
"The Older I Got, It Wasn't a Problem for Me Anymore": Language Brokering as a Managed Activity and a Narrated Experience among Young Vietnamese Immigrants in the Czech Republic
Sherman, Tamah; Homolác, Jirí
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v36 n1 p1-29 Jan 2017
Language brokering (LB) practices are a widespread phenomenon in transnational communities. This paper aims to add to the description and analysis of these practices within a community which has not been extensively studied--the Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, as well as show how LB is embedded in other sociolinguistic aspects of community life. Based on language biographies of 13 Vietnamese female brokers, we explore LB by focusing on the respondents' descriptions and summaries of their beginnings with it, the difficulties that occurred, and how they were overcome. The findings suggest that, among others, the brokers gradually perceive brokering as a normal practice and as one of their family responsibilities. A methodological innovation is the use of Language Management Theory (Nekvapil, Jirí & Tamah Sherman. 2015. "An introduction: Language Management Theory in Language Policy and Planning." "International Journal of the Sociology of Language" 232. 1-12.), through which we examine language brokering as a practice oriented toward language problems stemming from broader communication and sociocultural problems. This perspective, along with attention devoted to the activities, approaches and attitudes of all participants in the brokering (e.g. parents, public officials) enables us to demonstrate the relationship of the brokering to family language policy and also the fact that, for the brokers, the sociocultural dimension of LB can be more important than the linguistic one.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic
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