Welcome to the first seminar in the ISSR Seminar Series 2019/2020. The Institute for Social Sciences Research is an interdisciplinary research centre spanning across four schools at the University of Dundee (Social Sciences; Business; Education and Social Work and Nursing and Health Sciences).
Our first speaker is Annick De Houwer, Ph.D., is Professor of Language Acquisition and Multilingualism at the University of Erfurt, Germany.
'Subjective wellbeing is closely linked to language: the case of young bilingual children and their families'
This talk discusses the subjective well-being of bilingual children and their families as it relates to settings where family members need to (learn to) use two languages in daily life. This type of well-being is subsumed under the term Harmonious Bilingualism (HB). Children's well-developed dual language proficiency is central to families' HB. HB is often threatened when children do not speak two languages or do not speak them well. Language choice patterns in parent-child conversations are crucial in order to socialize children into speaking the home language and thus aid families in developing HB. Educational institutions have an important impact on families’ interaction patterns and HB, and confirm that families form dynamic systems that are firmly embedded within and influenced by wider society.
Theme: Health and Wellbeing
Keywords: early child bilingualism, subjective well-being, bilingual family communication, language choice, language attitudes, language learning, language socialization, preschool
Date and Time: Monday 14 October 4-6pm
The talk will be followed by Q & A, ending with a drinks reception at 5pm.
This is a free seminar and open to staff/PhD students and wider research community.
14 Oct 2019 at 4:00pm
until 14 Oct 2019 at 6:00pm
University of Dundee