The Concept of Family Language Policy Based on the Example of Polish-Australian Families

Keywords: Family Language Policy, Polish, Australia, diaspora, language ideology, language practices, language management


The aim of this paper is to discuss the Family Language Policy of selected Polish-Australian families residing in Melbourne. The concept of Family Language Policy entails language ideology, language practices and language management. For a better understanding of the context under study, the history of Polish emigration to Australia has been outlined. The key elements in the study of FLP include language socialisation and heritage languages (i.e. Polish), which are then discussed. A description of the study conducted in the Polish diaspora in Australia in 2014-2016 follows. This research involves mixed families who agreed to participate in case studies consisting of interviews, observations, and language portraits. An earlier stage involved a quantitative analysis carried out on the basis of an online survey completed by 124 parents.


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