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Transnational experiences, language competences and worldviews: contrasting language policies in two recently migrated Greek families in Luxembourg

  • Claudine Kirsch EMAIL logo and Nikolaos Gogonas
From the journal Multilingua


Against the backdrop of the ongoing crisis-led migration from Southern to Northwestern Europe, the present paper reports on a case study of two families who have recently migrated from Greece to Luxembourg. Luxembourg has a trilingual education system and many pupils of migrant background face difficulties on this account. Drawing on the framework of Family Language Policy, this paper explores the language ideologies and management strategies of two families as well as factors influencing their policies. This qualitative study was based on interviews, observations, and videos recorded by one of the families. The findings show that the families have contrasting language ideologies and management strategies that are informed by their differing transnational experiences, competences and worldviews. This study can contribute to a better understanding of the ways in which migrant families use their language resources in their new country.

Funding statement: This research project was funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche in Luxembourg [grant number 6791471] and abided by the ethical principles of the University of Luxembourg.


We would also like to thank Prof. Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, Prof. Elisabeth Lanza and the reviewers for their supportive feedback.


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Published Online: 2018-1-11
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