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McLeod, Wilson – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
The Gaelic language in Scotland presents a useful case study for the conceptualisation of minority languages. A key issue has been the extent to which Gaelic is understood as belonging to a discrete minority within Scotland and a bounded territory in the northwest of the country, or as a national language of significance to all of Scotland. Using…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Indo European Languages, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance
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Smith-Christmas, Cassie – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
The aim of this article is to illustrate the fluid nature of family language policy (FLP) and how the realities of any one FLP are re-negotiated by caregivers and children in tandem. In particular, the paper will focus on the affective dimensions of FLP and will demonstrate how the same reality--in this case, a grandmother's use of a child-centred…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Family Relationship, Family Environment, Language Minorities
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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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Banda, Felix; Jimaima, Hambaba – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The article illustrates a sociolinguistics of language vitality that accounts for "minority" and unofficial languages across multiple localities in dispersed communities of multilingual speakers of Zambia where only seven out of seventy-three indigenous languages have been designated official and "zoned" for use in specified…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Language Maintenance, African Languages, Foreign Countries
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Peltz, Rakhmiel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In the contemporary world, language, at the heart of all human communication, has experienced social change in new ways. Previously distant groups communicate with each other both because of new migrations and as a result of the use of the Internet and digital media. Intimate communication has been shaken to the core as a result of screen usage on…
Descriptors: Activism, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance
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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