Home language policy of second-generation Turkish families in the Netherlands

Irem Bezcioglu-Goktolga*, Kutlay Yagmur

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Abstract

This study investigated the family language policy of second-generation Turkish immigrant families in the Netherlands by exploring their language ideologies, practices, and management strategies. Using an ethnographic approach, data were collected through a set of observations and interviews with 20 families. Transcriptions of interviews and memos of observations were coded to derive the major strategies employed by parents regarding home language use. The findings show that, although Turkish maintenance is a very important part of the linguistic ideologies of the families studied, there is great diversity and complexity in their language practices and management strategies. All of the families focus their language planning activities around the educational achievement of their children. Therefore, the recommendations of educational institutions are very important in their language practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-59
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Family language policy
  • Turkish minority families in the Netherlands
  • language use-choice
  • language maintenance and shift
  • CHILDRENS LANGUAGE
  • SUBMERSION CONTEXT
  • SCHOOL
  • DUTCH
  • PROFICIENCY
  • BILINGUALS
  • MINORITIES
  • IDEOLOGIES

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