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Brown, Kara D. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
This article explores policy and pedagogical pliability as strategies for perpetuating and protecting regional languages, like Võro, in the twenty-first century. The concept of pliability, as I develop it in this article, refers to the flexibility and adaptability of policies that are free from prescriptive and strict mandates. By examining this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Language Maintenance, Teaching Methods
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Sallabank, Julia – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a small, semi-autonomous archipelago in the English Channel. Although it is a British Crown dependency and part of the British Isles, it has its own parliament and does not belong to the United Kingdom or the European Union. This unusual geopolitical situation means that the nation-state has little relevance. It is…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language Attitudes, Language Fluency, Foreign Countries
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Coluzzi, Paolo – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
Lombard is one of the 12-15 non-recognized regional languages spoken in Italy. This article focuses on the new speakers of Lombard, i. e. people who have learned or are learning Lombard as a second language. Through an open questionnaire the author has probed into various aspects concerning these new speakers' competence and learning trajectories,…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Romance Languages, Second Language Learning
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Ianos, Maria Adelina; Caballé, Ester; Petreñas, Cristina; Huguet, Ángel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
This article presents a mixed method analysis of the language attitudes held by secondary education students of Romanian origin, which are members of the second largest immigrant population living currently in Catalonia. The relevance of this data is based on the cardinal role played by attitudes in the success of any educational or linguistic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Attitudes, Immigrants, Secondary School Students
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan; La Morgia, Francesca – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
Drawing on theories of family language policy and literacy environment, this inquiry explores and describes how family language policy is managed through literacy resources and literacy related activities in transnational families in the UK. A total of 66 families, each with at least one child between the age of 2 and 8, participated in this…
Descriptors: Native Language, Family Environment, Italian, Urdu
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Nandi, Anik – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
Macro-level policy makers, perceived as stakeholders of language management, employ a range of language policy strategies to legitimise hegemonic control over meso- (i.e. family) and micro- (i.e. individual) level language ideologies (Cassels-Johnson 2013). However, language policies of an individual are often difficult to detect because they are…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Family Environment, Parent Child Relationship, Spanish
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Ghandchi, Narges – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
This article investigates encounters between the two overall language resources -- standard vs. non-standard and regional varieties -- in two linguistic minority communities in Denmark. Concentrating on Turkish and Farsi mother tongue classes, the study departs from two interviews with the parents of mother tongue students. Additional ethnographic…
Descriptors: Turkish, Indo European Languages, Language Minorities, Native Language Instruction
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Bourhis, Richard Y.; Sioufi, Rana – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This article analyses how language laws favouring French improved the vitality of the Francophone majority relative to the declining Anglophone minority of Quebec. Part one provides a review of Canadian Government efforts to provide federal bilingual services to Francophones and Anglophones across Canada. Using the ethnolinguistic vitality…
Descriptors: Language Planning, French, Official Languages, Bilingualism
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Ka'ai, Tania M. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
Inspired by Joshua Fishman's lifetime dedication to the revitalisation of minority languages, especially Yiddish, this paper presents my personal story of the loss of the Maori language in my family in New Zealand/Aotearoa and our attempts to reverse this decline over several generations. The paper includes a description of several policy reforms…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Malayo Polynesian Languages
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Motobayashi, Kyoko – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This study demonstrates the ways in which discourses in a state-sponsored volunteer program incited transformations of individual subjectivities, focusing on a group of Japanese language teacher volunteers training in Japan to become teachers of Japanese as a heritage language for the country's diaspora (Nikkei) population in South America. As…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Heritage Education, Volunteer Training, Foreign Nationals
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Lantto, Hanna – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This study examines the manifestations of purity and authenticity in 47 Basque bilinguals' reactions to code-switching. The respondents listened to two speech extracts with code-switching, filled in a short questionnaire and talked about the extracts in small groups. These conversations were then recorded. The respondents' beliefs can be…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Questionnaires, Language Attitudes, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Harrison, Michelle Anne – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This article examines the current situation of regional language bilingual primary education in Alsace and contends that the regional language presents a special case in the context of France. The language comprises two varieties: Alsatian, which traditionally has been widely spoken, and Standard German, used as the language of reference and…
Descriptors: German, Language Variation, Bilingual Education, Elementary School Students
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Kheirkhah, Mina; Cekaite, Asta – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
The present study explores language socialization patterns in a Persian-Kurdish family in Sweden and examines how "one-parent, one-language" family language policies are instantiated and negotiated in parent-child interactions. The data consist of video-recordings and ethnographic observations of family interactions, as well as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance, Indo European Languages, Immigrants