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Focus on the Parents: Maintaining Bilingualism in the Bilingual Family
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
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2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This case study investigates the parental influence of the development in bilingualism in young children. The focus is on the question of whether parents make conscious approaches in the development of the bilingual proficiency of their children. The research questions addressed include the following: (1) to what extent do parents make conscious decisions to develop bilingual proficiency in their children, (2) how do different parental approaches affect the bilingual proficiency in children, and (3) what other factors affect the development of bilingualism in children.

Interviews with the parents of five bilingual families living in Sweden were carried out. This qualitative method was used because the main purpose of the study is to obtain descriptive information which would contribute to an overview of how parents raise their children into becoming bilingual. It is difficult to generalize the perspectives offered by the parents simply because there were too few informants. In addition, qualitative research is generally often based on views of informants that may not represent the population as a whole. Bilingualism in families can have many different configurations and this study describes some of those configurations.

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2009. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
bilingual, bilingualism, proficiency, strategy, environment, attitude, majority language, minority language.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8702OAI: diva2:175219
2009-01-21, 00:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-03-19 Created: 2004-01-01 Last updated: 2009-03-19Bibliographically approved

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