Staging linguistic identities and negotiating monolingual norms in multhiethnic school settings
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Multilingualism, ISSN 1479-0718, Vol. 5, no 3, 177-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article focuses on children's language alternation practices in two primary school settings. More specifically we explore how participants (children and teachers) in episodes of language alternation invoke linguistic and social identities, thereby 'talking into being' language and educational ideologies. The present study is based on multi-sited ethnography in two multiethnic educational settings where classroom activities are primarily in Swedish. Theoretically, it draws on sequential identity-related approaches to language alternation practices (Gafaranga, 2001). As demonstrated, both children and teachers draw on a range of linguistic varieties, and refrained from involving in polylingual practices. In so doing, they were actively engaged in producing and resisting a range of locally valued identities (i.e. monolingual, bilingual, and polylingual student). Simultaneously a monolingual norm was brought into being and, importantly, the children appropriated and exploited the monolingual norms-in being for organising their social relations. Overall the study highlights the links between social and linguistic identities, language choice, and language and educational ideologies. We argue that an understanding of children's polylingual practices in multilingual settings is provided by a close analysis of the local processes of identity work located within the wider sociocultural context (e.g. language and educational ideologies)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 5, no 3, 177-196 p.
language alternation, linguistic identity, social identity, monolingual norm, multilingual classes
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28181DOI: 10.1080/14790710802387588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-28181DiVA: diva2:248737