Electronic Theses and Dissertations


Alaa Alamri



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Committee Chair

Lyn Wright


A significant body of research has delved into the dynamics of family language policy (FLP) within the context of transnational families. While much attention has been directed towards understanding the experiences of these families within the borders of their host countries, this study takes a unique perspective by investigating the construction and reconstruction of FLP as transnational families relocate within their home country. The aim of this dissertation is to examine the FLP of transnational families as they return to their homeland and endeavor to reintegrate into mainstream society (i.e., culturally, socially, and academically). The study employed a qualitative multiple case study design, the study included three Arab transnational families, each participated in two interviews and provided weekly audio diaries, along with weekly naturally occurring recordings. Using the dynamic model of FLP as a conceptual framework, the analysis revealed the significance of three internal factors—mothers' guilt, child resistance to using Arabic, and parental vision—alongside three external factors—extended family dynamics, schooling in the home country, and challenges related to speech delay and therapist recommendations—in shaping and reshaping the FLPs. Through this comprehensive exploration, the study sheds light on the intricate interplay between individual, familial, and societal influences on FLPs within transnational returnee family settings.


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