Publication

Using a 'Family Language Policy' lens to explore the dynamic and relational nature of child agency

Smith-Christmas, Cassie
Citation
Smith-Christmas, Cassie. (2021). Using a ‘Family Language Policy’ lens to explore the dynamic and relational nature of child agency. Children & Society. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12461
Abstract
This article contributes to a dialogue between childhood studies and the sociolinguistic subfield ‘Family Language Policy’ (‘FLP’). The article argues that the two fields provide complementary vantage points for exploring child agency. It explains a revised version of a model I developed to conceptualise child agency in FLP, consisting of four intersecting dimensions: compliance regimes; linguistic norms; linguistic competence and generational positioning (Smith-Christmas, Handbook of home language maintenance and development. De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 218–235, 2020a). The article examines two conversational excerpts as a means to illustrating the dynamic and relational nature of child agency and how it is both shaped by as well as shapes interactional practices over time and space.
Funder
Horizon 2020
Publisher
Wiley
Publisher DOI
10.1111/chso.12461
Rights
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland