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ERIC Number: EJ891600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Family Language Policy: A Case Study of a Russian-Hebrew Bilingual Family--Toward a Theoretical Framework
Kopeliovich, Shulamit
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v4 n3 p162-178 2010
This article presents an in-depth, small-scale qualitative study of a Hebrew-Russian bilingual family with 8 children, and compares the parents' perspective on the family language policy with their children's evaluation of it. Spolsky's (2004, 2009) model of language policy enables tracing the development of the parents' language "ideology" and "management," and unveils discrepancies between the parents' conscious efforts to transmit the heritage language and the actual language "practice" in the family. The study also refers to a structural contact-linguistic analysis (Myers-Scotton, 2002) of the child-parent bilingual discourse and its implications for family language policy. In the practical aspect, the results of the case study may be instructive to minority parents committed to maintenance of a heritage language in their families. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel