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Against the Odds: The challenges of bilingualism in a monolingual environment
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study has been to describe the reasoning of five immigrant parents with Swedish partners who raise their child to become bilingual. Having interviewed the informants, three central themes became apparent: bilingualism, identity and the environment. All five families reason that they raise their child with the mother tongue of the mother and the mother tongue of the father and that it is natural. Discussions about identity and culture are made in specific reference to the surrounding monolingual environment, which is often perceived as an obstacle to bilingualism.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med den här uppsatsen har varit att beskriva fem individers resonemang kring tvåspråkig barnuppfostran. Efter att ha intervjuat informanterna blev det tydligt att uppsatsen hade tre centrala teman: tvåspråkighet, identitet och miljön. Alla fem familjer anser att deras barn blir uppfostrad med moderns och faderns modersmål och att det är naturligt. Diskussioner om identitet och kultur är direkt knutna till den omgivande enspråkiga miljön, som ofta upplevs som ett hinder för tvåspråkighet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för religion och kultur , 2006. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
bilingualism, mother tongue, the one – parent – one – language strategy, identity, monolingual environment
Keyword [sv]
tvåspråkighet, modersmål, en - förälder – ett - språk – strategin, identitet, enspråkig miljö
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-8177ISRN: LIU-IRK/SANT-C--06-017--SEOAI: diva2:23015
Available from: 2007-02-01 Created: 2007-02-01 Last updated: 2009-07-02

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