Family language policy and maintenance of Persian: the stories of Iranian immigrant families in the northeast, USA

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The purpose of this study is to describe family language practices, beliefs, and management approaches in relation to maintenance of Persian in a group of second-generation Iranian immigrant children in different parts of the Northeast United States. The study focuses on this group of Persian-speaking Iranian families to better understand family language policy and its impacts on dual language development of children in areas where the heritage community is more dispersed. The findings show that development of Persian in children of the participating Iranian families was dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to family language policy. A complex web of connections between family language policy and several sociopolitical factors of the wider society was at work in shaping the language profiles of these families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-477
Number of pages35
JournalLanguage Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • Children of immigrants
  • Family language policy
  • Heritage language maintenance
  • Immigrant parents
  • Iranian immigrants
  • Persian language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language

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