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Contemporary linguistics, Vol.65 No.1 July 2008.

Preliminary communication

Differences of language policies between nation and family: A case study of three Indian migrant families in three countries of Europe

Shahzaman Haque ; Universite Stendhal - Grenoble III

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Abstracts
This paper examines the language practices of three Indian families residing in three countries
of Europe which are France, Norway and Finland. The language practices of a migrant family
rarely match the political linguistics of his new country. With globalization and a quick and constant
change of the world, the migrant who was an unskilled labor was treated as a commodity
and had only restricted rights. For about twenty years, it is possible to notice the evolution of the
status of the migrants that are no longer considered as a cheap labor force but as a qualified elite.
As this article is about the case study of three families, the purpose is not to give a representative
view of Indian migrant families but to analyse the linguistic processes taking place within the
families belonging to a minority migrant community in Europe, acknowledging the fact that the
Indian community is plurilingual thanks to the systematic presence of a multilingual society and
a liberal national language policy that prevails in his country of origin. This study aims to highlight
some features of the family language policies of the Indian migrant community not yet covered
in the case of these three countries.

Keywords
language policy; language practice; migration; plurilinguism; Indian immigrants in Europe

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