A1 Journal article (refereed)
Video calls as a nexus of practice in multilingual translocal families (2020)

Palviainen, Å. (2020). Video calls as a nexus of practice in multilingual translocal families. Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht, 25(1), 85-108. https://tujournals.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/index.php/zif/article/view/1007

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All authors or editorsPalviainen, Åsa

Journal or seriesZeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht


Publication year2020


Issue number1

Pages range85-108

PublisherTechnischen Universität Darmstadt

Publication countryGermany

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttps://tujournals.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/index.php/zif/article/view/1007

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Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/69782


This study explores how daily video calls were used by two multilingual family constellations to keep in contact with members located elsewhere. A three-stage data collection and analysis protocol was developed together with the two main participants, two single mothers each with a 4-year-old child. The results show that active collaboration among all members of the family was needed to get the activity going. The families employed a de facto family language policy where the focus was on successful communication and nurturing emotional bonds rather than developing language skills. At the same time, the regular video calls added a significant amount of time spent together and increased the amount of language input, factors conducive to language transmission. The study shows the urgent need to include digital practices in family language policy research.

Keywordsfamiliesinterpersonal communicationcommunications technologytelephone callsmultilingualismdiscourse analysis

Free keywordsvideo calls; family language policy; multilingualism; mediated discourse analysis

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Reporting Year2020

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