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LRDG: Migrants' Bilingual Discourses and Identity Construction within Competing Language Ideologies in Guangzhou, China

Date: 25 February 2014 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Venue: C89, County South, Lancaster University

At the next Literacy Research Discussion Group session (Tuesday 25 February) we will be pleased to welcome Jing Huang (Lancaster University) who will be speaking on:

Migrants' Bilingual Discourses and Identity Construction within Competing Language Ideologies in Guangzhou, China

This study employs a sequential conversation analysis (Auer, 1995) combined with the discourse-historical approach (Reisigl & Wodak, 2009) to examine the construction of Putonghua, Cantonese and migrants' identity in the context of conflicting local and national language ideologies. At the local level, I will present a pervasive language attitude which ties speaking Cantonese language to being a Cantonese, to the territory of Guangzhou, and to morality and civilisation through analysing texts in pro-Cantonese banners in recent language protests and migrants' biographical narratives in interviews and focus groups. At the national level, this study will focus on a document commemorating the policy of popularising Putonghua and the Law on the Standard Spoken and Written Chinese Language, in which 'disorder' and diversity of languages can ostensibly be transformed into something ordered and harmonious. Against such background, migrants affiliate themselves to certain groups by switching codes, negotiating the language-of-interaction and employing discursive strategies.

References

Auer, P. (1995). The Pragmatics of Code-switching: A Sequential Approach. In L. Milroy, & P. Muysken, (eds.). One Speaker, Two Languages. Cambridge University Press. 115-135.

Reisigl, M. & Wodak, R. Discourse-historical Approach. (2009). In Wodak, R. & Meyer, M. (eds.). Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (2nd edition). SAGE. 87-121.

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: China, Codeswitching, Discourse-Historical Approach

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