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Re-negotiating Ideologies of Bilingualism on the Margins of Education

Selleck, Charlotte (2015) Re-negotiating Ideologies of Bilingualism on the Margins of Education. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37 (6). pp. 551-563. ISSN Print: 0143-4632 Online: 1747-7557

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Abstract

This article reports on an ethnographic study carried out in three interrelated sites: two contrasting secondary schools and a Youth-Club (the principal focus of this article), in an area of southwest Wales. This article highlights the incongruence between the language at home and the language of the school and posits that the relationship between language use at school and in the wider community needs to be problematised and questioned far more than has been done thus far. This study questions whether school-based ideologies and school-based practices are re-negotiated or contested on the margins of education and whether this re-negotiation and contestation plays an important role in whether a young person chooses to use Welsh or English outside of school. It will be argued that recreational spaces, even though loosely connected to schools as institutions, function as more open spaces where institutional ideologies are actively reworked and renegotiated, either through choosing to use English or by mixing and blending different aspects of linguistic resources, or by re-negotiating and questioning which version of Welshness is more valuable, ‘the removed and authentic’ (as seen at the Welsh school) or the ‘new and hybrid’ as seen at the Youth-Club.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: bilingualism, Wales, language ideologies, language revitalisation, sociolinguistics, minority languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Charlotte Selleck
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 14:27
Last Modified: 01 May 2017 01:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4110

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