Alicja Pyszka-Franceschini

Doctoral Researcher

Current Status

Second Year, Part-Time

Research Topic  

Language Competence and Family Wellbeing - Psychological and Environmental Influences on Trilingual Language Acquisition and Language Learning, An Autoethnography. 

Research Summary 

My research is an ethnographic study which aims to describe the role and significance of multiple languages in my family’s life and the connection that those languages had and/or have to the family’s physical and psychological well-being. The ethnography is set against the backdrop of wider cultural and political changes in the UK and abroad and directs one’s attention to the issues of social isolation and broken bonds and contrasts them with individual aspirations and desires. This research also describes strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of an autoethnography as a research method and makes recommendations for future researchers.  

Research Interests  

  • Language Competence and Family Wellbeing
  • Psychological and Environmental Influences on Language Acquisition and Language Learning
  • Language Ideologies and Language Desires
  • Multilingual Family in the Face of Cultural Changes and Political Pressures
  • Ethnographic Research Methods: Ethnography, Autoethnography, Linguistic Ethnography
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities of Researching ‘Self’ 

Research Supervisors

Professor Adrian Blackledge

Professor Angela Creese

Funding

Self-funded

Membership of Research and Professional Organisations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact details

Email: AXP349@student.bham.ac.uk