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Cassie Smith-Christmas: Family Language Policy: Maintaining an Endangered Language in the Home

Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, xii + 137 pp, Hb $69.99, ISBN: 978-1-137-52180-4
  • Muhammad Ahmad Alasmari
Book Review

Family Language Policy: Maintaining an endangered language in the home, by Cassie Smith-Christmas, is an eight-year ethnographic study of the Campbells, a Scottish Gaelic family, that paints an intimate portrait of their experiences with language shift across three generations in the “clearly evident” minority context of the Isle of Skye (p. 114). It is one of few book-length discussions of Family Language Policy (FLP) and provides in-depth examination of everyday interactions, documenting the intricate processes of language shift in one family. The study offers insight into the dynamicity of FLP in communities where the minority language (Scottish Gaelic) is endangered and the impact of the family’s intergenerational language transmission on FLP. The study is oriented to scholars interested in understanding FLP from a language-shift perspective and provides a comprehensive overview of the field, likely useful to researchers and graduate students. The book’s central inquiry involves...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MemphisMemphisUSA

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