Child language brokers’ representations of parent-child relationships

Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah; Abreu, Guida de and O'Dell, Lindsay (2017). Child language brokers’ representations of parent-child relationships. In: Antonini, Rachele; Cirillo, Letizia; Rossato, Linda and Torresi, Ira eds. Non-professional Interpreting and Translating: State of the art and future of an emerging field of research. Benjamins Translation Library (129). John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 281–294.



This paper reports the analysis of qualitative data from a broader study of young people’s representations of conflicting roles in child development. Just over a quarter of the group, bilingual students who spoke a variety of first languages, had had personal experience of child language brokering (CLB). Employing vignette methodology, they were invited to reflect on the implications of an adolescent boy’s language brokering activities for, among other things, his relationships within his family. In this paper we will present brief case studies to illustrate different positions that members of the group adopted in relation to developmental scripts emphasizing independence and interdependence between young people and their parents (Dorner et al. 2008). Through an analysis of individual CLB case studies, we illustrate various ways in which individual young people reported the balancing of the demands of autonomy and connectedness in their analysis of relationships between young people and their parents.

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