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Children’s agency in creating and maintaining language policy in practice in two “language profile” preschools in Sweden
Göteborgs universitet. (Projektgruppen Language Policy in Multilingual Preschools and Families)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History, The Hugo Valentin Centre. (Projektgruppen Language Policy in Multilingual Preschools and Families)
Göteborgs universitet. (Language Policy in Multilingual Preschools and Families)
2017 (English)In: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage Communication, ISSN 0167-8507, E-ISSN 1613-3684, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 501-531Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 children through their interactive choices create and modify language policy-in-practice. We analyze extracts from typical free play interactions in each setting. We show how children use code alternation as a contextualization cue in both settings, but with somewhat different interac- tional consequences. Children in both preschools tend to follow the lead of the preceding speaker’s language choice. Code alternation is also a means to manage conversational roles, for example, to show alignment. While the staff give priority to the profile language, the children show through their interaction that skills in both the preschool’s profile language and in Swedish are valuable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mouton de Gruyter, 2017. Vol. 36, no 4, p. 501-531
Keywords [en]
Bilingualism, child agency, code alternation, language policy, preschool
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Humanities and the Arts
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Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322375DOI: 10.1515/multi-2016-0024ISI: 000412873300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-322375DiVA, id: diva2:1096945
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2017-05-19 Created: 2017-05-19 Last updated: 2018-05-29Bibliographically approved

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