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Title: Family Language Policy of Using Bilingual Children Story Books: Two Sides of a Coin
Authors: Darta, Deta Maria Sri
Keywords: culture;bilingual children story book;family language policy
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Faculty Language and Literature of Satya Wacana Christian University - Widya Sari Press
Abstract: Acquiring language since childhood is believed to be more successful than adult. Thus, making some parents choose to be bilingual in communicating with their children. This family language policy leads into the use of bilingual children story books. The decision indeed, helps children to be exposed to two languages or more. While learning the languages, children will also learn the culture in which the languages carry. Bilingual children story books as the media for language learning undergo the process of translation including the culture transfer. Mona Baker in her book In Other Words, said that translating cultural aspect is one of the problems emerged in translation (2011:18). It could be understood that there will be a chance of failure in translating the culture. When the culture is successfully transferred, the children who read the story books will learn the new culture outside their original culture. The huge exposure to different cultures later on might create a multicultural individual. Being a multicultural individual in a society, these children will create a hybrid culture. There is nothing wrong of being a multicultural individual and having a hybrid culture, as long as the national identity is firmly maintained. Should the children lose their identity, it could mean that they are colonized through the foreign languages they have learned since childhood. Thus, making family language policy is a crucial decision to make. Therefore, this paper attempts to observe the negative and positive points of using bilingual story books for children as a result of family language policy.
Description: The 7th International Seminar 2013 “Language Policy and Planning: What are the Issues?” Salatiga, November 20 – 21, 2013 ; p. 113 – 116
URI: http://repository.uksw.edu/handle/123456789/4221
ISBN: 978-979-1098-46-3
Appears in Collections:The 7th International Seminar 2013 "Language Policy and Planning: What are the Issues?"

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