Ethics in child language brokering

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This chapter explores child language brokering (CLB) using a descriptive rather than a prescriptive lens. By studying definitions, historical and contextual background and mapping CLB to intercultural/linguistic communicative needs and language provision (or lack thereof), it considers CLB in relation to individual and societal bilingualism/multilingualism as well as in relation to communication and access to services. It explores CLB as a situated practice, whether it occurs in child-to-child, child-to-adult or adult-to-adult interactions. This chapter problematizes the ethics in those interactions. We ask whose responsibility it is to provide, allow, ban or even require CLB in interactions. Using examples of empirical data from larger studies we discuss a framework to assess if/when it can be either appropriate, inappropriate or somewhere in between to engage children/youngsters in brokering communication in general, and in adult communication specifically, by considering the consequences of each and all of these decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Translation and Ethics
EditorsKaisa Koskinen, Nike K. Pokorn
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003127970
ISBN (Print)9780815358237
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


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