WHAT DOES YOUR LANGUAGE MEAN TO YOU?
Language is part of each person's identity. In multilingual families, different people may speak or feel most comfortable in different languages - some languages, you might simply be competent in, whereas others feel like a core part of you. These feelings are not always easy to articulate, especially when it comes to discussing language use within the family. This quiz has been developed as part of a British Academy research grant, to help you to consider the role language has in your life, opening discussions and reflection for yourself, or within the family. It will ask you about what language/s you speak, and various scenarios to explore your attitude from an emotional and pragmatic perspective. At the end of the quiz, short guide notes will help you to express and communicate your language-related needs to those around you.
FAMILY LANGUAGE is incredibly complex to define in multilingual families! If there is more than one, please think of the one you yourself would feel 'responsible for' in passing on to the next generation, or the one you would consider to be 'your' language, if appropriate. Or, if you are still not sure, why not fill the quiz in multiple times, always focusing on one particular language? You can then explore your results for various languages within the family, and share your results with family members - are their results the same as yours?
NB: If you open the quiz on a Samsung phone via a Facebook link, please select to 'Open in Chrome', rather than using Facebook as a browser.
To read more about the research behind this work, please see:
Little, S. (2017, Online First) 'Whose heritage? What inheritance?: Conceptualising Family Language Identities'. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2017.1348463 (Gold Open Access)