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Larsson, Karolina; Björk-Willén, Polly; Haraldsson, Katarina; Hansson, Kristina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
This paper highlights a current phenomenon reported from preschools placed in multilingual areas in Sweden, namely that some preschoolers with mutually different language backgrounds sometimes use English as lingua franca instead of Swedish during play. The data stems from a study of language environments in Swedish preschools situated in both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Official Languages, Language Role
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Carbonara, Valentina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2022
This paper focuses on the integration of translanguaging practices in a public preschool situated in a small village in North-West of Italy. Mobility processes and local Italian families' school choices have led to the raise of the number of students with an immigrant background enrolled at the studied preschool up to 85%. After a brief overview…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Translation, Code Switching (Language), Preschool Education
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Flom, Haley; Young, Andrea S. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2022
In France, education policies concerning children's home languages have recently changed, with the country's highly centralized and monolingual national education system now promoting inclusive language policies, specifically at the pre-primary level (M.E.N. (Ministère de l'Education Nationale). 2016. "Statégie langues vivantes." 22…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Language Usage, Preschool Teachers
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Cekaite, Asta; Evaldsson, Ann-Carita – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In this study we argue that a focus on language learning ecologies, that is, situations for participation in various communicative practices, can shed light on the intricate processes through which minority children develop or are constrained from acquiring cultural and linguistic competencies (here, of a majority language). The analysis draws on…
Descriptors: Play, Multilingualism, Preschool Education, Second Language Learning
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Martín-Bylund, Anna – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
What are the material-semiotic relationships between a language policy and a table game activity in a bilingual preschool? Using Actor-Network Theory (ANT), the aim of this article is to explore this question, working with both human and nonhuman aspects of the activity, symmetrically, at the same level. The game playing activity takes place at a…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, Preschool Children
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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This special issue has as its focus the agency of young children in relation to language policy and practice in bi- and multilingual preschools in Finland and Sweden. Studies of language policy in practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in these two countries can be particularly relevant even to those in other contexts, because they…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Bilingual Education, Language of Instruction
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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena; Ottesjö, Cajsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This paper presents results from an ethnographic study of language policy as it is enacted in everyday interaction in two language profile preschools in Sweden with explicit monolingual language policies: English and Finnish, respectively. However, in both preschools, children are free to choose language or code alternate. The study shows how…
Descriptors: Profiles, Preschool Children, Educational Policy, Code Switching (Language)
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Puskás, Tünde; Björk-Willén, Polly – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This article explores dilemmatic aspects of language policies in a preschool group in which three languages (Swedish, Romani and Arabic) are spoken on an everyday basis. The article highlights the interplay between policy decisions on the societal level, the teachers' interpretations of these policies, as well as language practices on the micro…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Language Usage, Ethnography
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Bergroth, Mari; Palviainen, Åsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The current study examines bilingual children as language policy agents in the interplay between official language policy and education policy at three Swedish-medium preschools in Finland. For this purpose we monitored nine Finnish-Swedish bilingual children aged 3 to 5 years for 18 months. The preschools were located in three different parts of…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Swedish, Language of Instruction, Preschool Children
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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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Sophocleous, Andry – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
The complex notion of the public/private distinction of social spheres has not been systematically investigated in sociolinguistics; particularly in the case of bidialectal kindergarten age children and how they construct their social lives around this distinction in a public environment such as that of school. No simple continuum can clearly…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Sociolinguistics, Language Usage, Language Variation
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Burdelski, Matthew – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
This paper examines socialization of honorifics in Japanese. Drawing upon audiovisual recordings of interaction in households and a preschool, the paper details ways caregivers use honorifics with children and ways children use honorifics with caregivers and peers. The analysis shows ways caregivers use referent and addressee honorifics within…
Descriptors: Socialization, Japanese, Language Variation, Language Usage
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Kyratzis, Amy; Tang, Ya-Ting; Koymen, S. Bahar – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2009
According to Bernstein (A sociolinguistic approach to socialization; with some reference to educability, Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1972), middle-class parents transmit an elaborated code to their children that relies on verbal means, rather than paralinguistic devices or shared assumptions, to express meanings. Bernstein's ideas were used to argue…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Socialization, Play, Paralinguistics
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Tryggvason, Marja-Terttu; Tulviste, Tiia; De Geer, Boel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2008
The present study compares preschool children in Finland, Estonia and Sweden regarding linguistic structures with which children in dyads elicited talk from each other in a naturalistic play activity. Nineteen Finnish (mean age 5.1), 19 Estonian (mean age 5.4) and 17 Swedish (mean age 5.1) same-sex pairs were video-recorded by a native researcher.…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries