Journal article

Macro-Level policy and Micro-Level planning

Gary Barkhuizen, Ute Knoch

Australian Review of Applied Linguistics | John Benjamins Publishing Company | Published : 2006


This article reports on a study which investigated the language lives of Afrikaans-speaking South African immigrants in New Zealand. Particularly, it focuses on their awareness of and attitudes to language policy in both South Africa and New Zealand, and how these influence their own and their family’s language practices. Narrative interviews with 28 participants living in towns and cities across New Zealand reveal that while living in South Africa they were generally aware of macro-level language policies in the country, and were able to articulate how these policies influenced language practices at work and within their families. The absence of an explicit national language policy in New Z..

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