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Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge, "Heteroglossia as practice and pedagogy"
Date: 21 February 2012 Time: 1.00 pm
Venue: County South C89
A joint event of the Literacy Research Discussion Group and the Language, Ideology and Power research group, supported by the Linguistics and English Language department. We are pleased to welcomeAdrian Blackledge and Angela Creese (University of Birmingham), who will be speaking on:
Heteroglossia as Practice and Pedagogy
In this paper we elaborate on research which has found that multilingual speakers use verbal repertoires which draw on a wide range of signs from diverse sources, as they 'translanguage', using linguistic resources flexibly to make meaning. Recently a number of terms have emerged, as scholars in our field seek to describe and analyse linguistic practices in which meaning is made using signs flexibly. In this presentation we adopt Bakhtin's notion of 'heteroglossia' to understand linguistic diversity not merely as the co-existence of discrete linguistic systems, but as participation in 'an historical flow of social relationships, struggles, and meanings' (Bailey, in press, 2012). That is, linguistic signs come with social and historical associations, and gain new ones in their situated use. We further understand linguistic practice through the related notion of 'indexicality' (Peirce 1955; Silverstein 1976), in which meanings of linguistic forms rely on past and present usages and associations. Heteroglossia is a key approach to interrogating linguistic practice because it goes beyond analysis of the co-occurrence of languages and varieties, to focus on the co-existence of competing ideological points of view that are indexed by language in certain communicative situations (Androutsopoulos 2011). We offer an account of linguistic practices in the multilingual settings of complementary schools by explicitly connecting linguistic signs with their historical and social relationships.
Meeting Room 7 (C89), County South, Lancaster University. 1-2pm.
Event website: http://literacy.lancs.ac.uk/lrdg/2011-12.htm
Who can attend: Anyone
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