Negotiating Monolingual Official Language Policy at the Nexus of Locally Situated Language Practices and Dominant Language Ideologies in a Language Minority Context

Lytra, Vally and Gelir, Iskender. 2023. Negotiating Monolingual Official Language Policy at the Nexus of Locally Situated Language Practices and Dominant Language Ideologies in a Language Minority Context. International Journal of Early Childhood, ISSN 0020-7187 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

This paper examines how children and teachers negotiate the official Turkish only language policy as they manage their linguistic resources (Turkish and Kurmanji) in one Turkish preschool serving predominantly emergent bilingual Kurdish minority children. Using a critical ethnographic lens to language-in-education policy making (Martin-Jones and Da Costa Gabral, in: Tollefson, Pérez-Milans (eds) The Oxford handbook of language policy and planning, Oxford University Press, 2018), the study investigates how children and teachers navigate locally situated language practices and language ideologies that accord legitimacy and authority to standard Turkish and officially invisibilise Kurmanji in the preschool. Findings indicate that acting as agentive social actors teachers and children do not merely comply to the Turkish only language policy but they also adapt, recast, and contest it in social interaction. They stress the need to rethink the language-in-education policy in the Turkish educational system in ways that recognise and leverage teachers and children’s entire linguistic repertoires and experiences for teaching and learning.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/s13158-023-00368-9

Keywords:

Official language policy, Situated language practices, Language ideologies, Kurdish minority children, Turkish preschool

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Educational Studies > Centre for Language, Culture and Learning

Dates:

DateEvent
20 September 2023Accepted
18 October 2023Published Online

Item ID:

34240

Date Deposited:

31 Oct 2023 12:01

Last Modified:

31 Oct 2023 12:01

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/34240

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