ERIC Number: EJ1032176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
One-Parent-One-Language (OPOL) Families: Is the Majority Language-Speaking Parent Instrumental in the Minority Language Development?
Venables, Elizabeth; Eisenchlas, Susana A.; Schalley, Andrea C.
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v17 n4 p429-448 2014
The aim of this study is to examine the strategies majority language-speaking parents use to support the development of the minority language in families who follow the pattern of exposure known as one-parent-one-language (OPOL). In this particular pattern of raising a child bilingually, each parent speaks only their own native language to their children. Previous studies concerned with language development in children raised under the OPOL pattern primarily focused on how input from the minority language-speaking parent affects minority language development, leaving the role of the majority language-speaking parent largely unexplored. To address this gap, a case study was carried out on three families in Brisbane, Australia, who reported following the OPOL pattern. Video and audio recordings were taken, along with interviews using an elicited recall task based on the recordings to gather data on the families' language practices and motivations. The results of the qualitative analysis suggest that, in these families, the majority language-speaking parent plays an important role that extends beyond the provision of input in the majority language and may contribute to fostering minority language development and maintenance.
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Video Technology, Audio Equipment, Second Language Learning, Bilingualism, Parent Child Relationship, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Role, Linguistic Input, Language Maintenance, French, Spanish, English, Discourse Analysis, Family Relationship, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia