LINGUIST List 31.2889

Wed Sep 23 2020

Books: Critical Perspectives on Language and Kinship in Multilingual Families: Wright

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Date: 12-Aug-2020
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <>
Subject: Critical Perspectives on Language and Kinship in Multilingual Families: Wright
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Title: Critical Perspectives on Language and Kinship in Multilingual
Published: 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Lyn Wright
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350088306 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350088290 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350088283 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 95.00

Applying critical kinship perspectives to the study of multilingual families, this book foregrounds family formation processes, gender, and sexuality in examinations of language use. Focusing on historically marginalized families (such as single parent, adoptive, and LGBTQ+), the analyses draw on data from private and public spheres including interviews and recorded interactions in homes, as well as memoirs, documentaries, news media, and even comedy. Lyn Wright addresses questions such as why single parents might be better at raising bilingual children, how multilingualism plays a role in constructing shared histories in adoptive families, and what translingual resources allow LGBTQ+ families to negotiate gender roles and family relationships. In addition, she examines the construction of monolingual, nuclear family norms in public discourse that potentially constrain families' everyday multilingual identities.

Integrating related fields of family discourse, family language socialization, and family language policy unifies ways of understanding the intersections of kinship and language. The analyses in this book provide insight into multilingual family experiences, children's language development, and societal level language maintenance and shift.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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