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    The promise and resilience of multilingualism: language ideologies and practices of Polish-speaking migrants in the UK post the Brexit vote

    Kozminska, Kinga and Zhu, H. (2021) The promise and resilience of multilingualism: language ideologies and practices of Polish-speaking migrants in the UK post the Brexit vote. Journal of Multicultural and Multilingual Development 42 (5), pp. 444-461. ISSN 0143-4632.

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    Abstract

    This article aims to examine how sociopolitical changes impact language ideology and linguistic practices within transnational multilingual families with a particular focus on families with ties to Poland in post-EU-referendum Britain. Drawing on the survey and ethnographic interview data collected as part of the ESRC-funded Family Language Policy project between 2017 and 2019, we found that the public attitude towards Polish and Polish speakers have changed significantly following the Brexit vote. While general lack of security and disappointment were reported by most families, the first-hand experiences of discrimination and violence were reported particularly among those in socioeconomically underprivileged positions. Despite these changes and differences, however, Polish speakers and families continue to hold onto the promise of multilingualism, carrying on with their language use and learning practices. These findings demonstrate the multilingual reality and resilience in family language policy and practices at the time of crisis and have wider implications for understanding influential factors underlying family language policy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Family language policy, multilingual reality, Polish in the UK, migrants, language ideologies, language maintenance
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Research Centres and Institutes: Multilingual and Multicultural Research, Centre for (CMMR)
    Depositing User: Kinga Kozminska
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 16:04
    Last Modified: 25 May 2022 04:56
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/47710

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