Family language policy in a multilingual Mongolian family in China: A cross-generation exploration

Ming Yue Michelle GU, Yawen HAN, Linlin TANG

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Abstract

This qualitative case study explores the multiple forces driving the development of language ideologies within a multi-generation ethnic Mongolian family in mainland China and its family language policy (FLP) implementation. The findings reflect changes in family members’ language proficiency, ideologies, and practices across generations, per the influence of state education and language policy, the changing national-level socioeconomic and political environment and globalisation. The findings suggest the multiple factors that influence and shape FLP. It is found that conflicts and contradictions exist among family members’ language ideologies, language management and language practices, driven by the dual position of the Mongolian language’s decline (due to its lack of involvement in globalisation) and revival (due to national-level efforts to enhance cohesion). Presenting a nuanced and holistic understanding of FLP, this study relates the Mongolian family’s FLP to wider educational, historical and sociocultural realities. The implications for different stakeholders are discussed. Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Early online date19 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jul 2022

Citation

Gu, M. M., Han, Y., & Tang, L. (2022). Family language policy in a multilingual Mongolian family in China: A cross-generation exploration. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2099876

Keywords

  • Family language policy
  • Multi-generation family
  • Dual position of minority language
  • Mongolian family
  • Multilingualism

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