Language ideologies and (im)moral images of personhood in multilingual family language planning

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501–522
Journal / PublicationLanguage Policy
Issue number4
Online published6 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


Scholars have demonstrated that small-scale relatively private family decisions about language are intertwined with parental language ideologies. Using data from the context of multilingual Central Asian families—including those living in Central Asia and those living abroad—this study employs socially situated analysis of discourse and narrative inquiry to show how parents invoke language ideologies in justifying their decisions about their children’s education and linguistic exposure. The notion of “chronotope” is used to demonstrate how parental ideologies are embedded in images of space, time and moral personhood. Focusing on these images, rather than only on language ideologies, allows an incorporation of the many social factors—both linguistic and non-linguistic—involved in bottom-up language planning, and facilitates increased attention to emic perspectives. This focus also illustrates how state discourses are internalized by participants through their understandings of morality relative to other issues such as language education.

Research Area(s)

  • Bottom-up language planning, Central Asia, Chronotope, Language education, Language ideologies, Multilingualism