[lg policy] Language Policy: invitation for thematic issue highlighting new research on family language policy.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 8 14:51:32 UTC 2011

Language Policy

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2011

Language Policy invites papers for a thematic issue highlighting new
research on family language policy. Family language policy (FLP) can be
defined as explicit and overt as well as implicit and covert planning in
relation to language use and literacy practices within home domains and
among family members (King, Fogle and Logan-Terry 2008; Curdt-Christiansen
2009). This thematic issue takes as its starting point an understanding
that family language policy is formed and implemented in interaction with
wider political, social, and economic forces.

The issue builds on past work illustrating how family language policy is
multidimensional, incorporating parental attitudes and ideologies; language
and literacy practices at home (Curdt-Christiansen and Maguire 2007);
deliberate language interventions parents employ (Li 2007), as well as the
agentive role of children (Luykx 2005). While caretakers can provide rich
environments and can set specific language 'rules' for their children, they
also face challenges in putting particular family language policies into
practice. This is particularly true with regard to heritage language
maintenance, given the wide-spread tension between linguistic loyalty and
cultural identity on the one hand, and societal and economic pressures and
institutional impositions on the other.

With a focus on multilingual societies, majority/minority/endangered
language contexts, and official language/mother tongue political
discourses, the study of FLP can enhance our understanding of the role of
language in perpetuating social inequality as well as the role of formal
educational language policy (medium of instruction) in minority/endangered
language maintenance.

We invite research-based and empirical contributions that enhance our
understanding of how family language policy is established, negotiated and
implemented. The journal welcomes cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and
transnational perspectives, and especially those from less covered (or
non-traditional) family types, contexts and communities.

Submissions are invited across different levels of contextual and
linguistic analysis, including but not limited to analyses of:

- policy interaction between home domains and institutional contexts, and
in particular between parental language policy and educational policy;

- tension between formal and informal, overt and covert, and bottom-up and
top-down language policies;

- conflicts between minority/mother tongue/heritage language discourses and
mainstream language practices and policies;

- relationships between language ideology and language practice;

- care-taker ideologies and the language acquisition mechanisms provided by
parents, including home literacy practices;

- language use among family members, including examinations of child agency and
resistance as well as diverse family types and alternative configurations.

This special issue will build upon of previous work within the emerging
field of family language policy and provide us with a deeper understanding
of how language policies, whether institutional or private, relate to
language behavior and affect the ways in which we respond to and engage
ourselves in issues of power, linguistic and cultural diversity, and
socio-economic differences.

For questions about the thematic issue, please contact:

Guest Editor: Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, Nanyang Technological University,
xiaolan.christiansen at nie.edu.sg

Editor: Kendall KING, University of Minnesota, kendall at umn.edu

For full consideration, papers must be received via the journal website by
August 15th, 2011.


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