Multilingual Parenting in the United States: Language, Culture and Emotion

Gigliana Melzi, Nydia Prishker, Viviana Kawas, Jessica Huancacuri

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In this chapter we explore the perceptions and practices of US bilingual or multilingual families with young children, focusing mostly on research with families from Latin American backgrounds and paying close attention to the intersection of language, culture and emotion. We describe who is bi or multilingual in the US, examine why and how US families choose to raise children bi or multilingually, and explore how families use their multiple languages as a child-rearing strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Childhood Multilingualism
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781108669771
ISBN (Print)9781108484015
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • bilingual/multilingual
  • early childhood
  • Latino
  • Latinx
  • parenting
  • Spanish-speaking
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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