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Title: Living in harmony: the negotiation of intergenerational family language policy in Singapore
Authors: Xie, Wenhan
Ng, Bee Chin
Cavallaro, Francesco
Keywords: Humanities::Linguistics
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Xie, W., Ng, B. C. & Cavallaro, F. (2022). Living in harmony: the negotiation of intergenerational family language policy in Singapore. Language and Communication, 82, 8-27. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2021.11.004
Project: 2019-T1-001-080
Journal: Language and Communication
Abstract: Parents are often considered the pivotal stakeholders in Family Language Policy (FLP). However, grandparents are increasingly acting as surrogate parents among multi-generational families around the globe including in dual-career families in Singapore. Analysing family interactions and interviews, this study examines how grandparent's language ideologies contribute to shaping the language ideology, management, and practices of the family, even to the extent of overwriting and becoming the dominant voice in the family's FLP. Our findings show that the grandparents seem to be driving the shift towards English. In addition, the negotiation of FLP within the Singaporean context provides insight into how ideologies and the choice of languages can be deeply intertwined with harmony within the family unit and respect for one's elders.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162659
ISSN: 0271-5309
DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2021.11.004
Rights: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
Fulltext Availability: No Fulltext
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