Russian language maintenance through bedtime story reading?: Linguistic strategies and language negotiation in Russian-French speaking families in Switzerland

Meyer Pitton, Liliane (2013). Russian language maintenance through bedtime story reading?: Linguistic strategies and language negotiation in Russian-French speaking families in Switzerland. In: Approaches to Slavic Interaction. Dialogue Studies: Vol. 20 (pp. 295-315). John Benjamins

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This article proposes an interactional approach to the question of Russian language maintenance through the activity of bedtime story-reading in Russian-French bilingual families in French speaking Switzerland. Reading stories appears to be a language maintenance strategy commonly employed by the Russian speaking parent. The ritual and recreational moment of story-reading therefore becomes an opportunity for language learning. Drawing upon a language socialization perspective, this paper proposes an interactional analysis of the language use in the activity of story-reading. It shows how the language choice of the participants may be requested, negotiated and challenged during the interaction. The analysis further informs us about the language choice pattern and the bilingual competences in these families. We will gain insight into (Russian) language maintenance as a daily social and linguistic practice.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Meyer Pitton, Liliane

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics

ISSN:

1875-1792

ISBN:

978-90-272-1037-1

Series:

Dialogue Studies

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Liliane Meyer Pitton

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2014 11:22

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2014 00:17

Uncontrolled Keywords:

French, bedtime story-reading, bilingual interaction, bilingual families, Russian, language maintenance, language socialization

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.43015

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/43015

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