Family members at the epicentre of policy discourses

Agency, negotiation, and local practices


  • Anik Nandi Woxsen University, Telangana Author
  • Anastassia Zabrodskaja Tallinn University Author



Family Language Policy, multilingualism, regime, human agency, local practices


The articles in this thematic issue of Sociolinguistic Studies, ‘Family as a language policy regime: Agency, negotiation and local practices’, are concerned with the impact of family (language policy) among the minority population, whether indigenous or otherwise, on the sociolinguistic makeup of the contemporary policy regimes worldwide. Although family language policy is already a well-established domain of inquiry, this issue points to the wide range of cases from around the world, including Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Iran, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe, to understand how (individual) pathways are formed and choices made in favour of language and cultural maintenance. While covering a wide range of factors and perspectives that contribute to our understanding of families’ linguistic behaviour and the broader social implications of the discipline, these papers emphasise the complex relationships between language, culture, politics, and socioeconomic factors in today’s global multilingual and multicultural mosaic. This edition further underlines a number of present-day requirements in the field, such as being able to examine children’s or extended family members’ agency, use of digital technologies for language maintenance, different forms of parental language planning and activism to mention a few. The collection has emerged in the wake of a symposium ‘Family as a language policy regime: Agency, practices and negotiation’ at the 20th AILA World Congress (19–20 July, 2023, Lyon, France) and a closed call for papers.

Author Biographies

  • Anik Nandi, Woxsen University, Telangana

    Anik Nandi works as an Associate Professor of Multicultural Communication at Woxsen University, Telangana, India. Prior to this, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Nandi investigates the complex association between governmental policies and how these policies are interpreted, implemented, and negotiated by various social actors in everyday situations. His current research focuses on sociolinguistic citizenship and family language policy in the contexts of the Global North and South.

  • Anastassia Zabrodskaja, Tallinn University

    Anastassia Zabrodskaja is a Professor of Intercultural Communication at Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School (Tallinn, Estonia). Her primary research interests are intercultural communication, identity, mixed families, language contacts and linguistic landscapes.


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How to Cite

Nandi, A., & Zabrodskaja, A. (2024). Family members at the epicentre of policy discourses: Agency, negotiation, and local practices. Sociolinguistic Studies, 18(1-2), 11-26.