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Multilingualism as utopia: Fashioning non-racial selves
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. University of the Western Cape, South Africa .
2017 (English)In: AILA Review, ISSN 1461-0213, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 167-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The challenge of contemporary South Africa is that of building a (post)nation of postracial equity in a fragmented world of a globalized ethical, economic and ecological meltdown. In this paper, we seek to explore the idea of multilingualism as a technology in the conceptualization of alternative, competing futures. We suggest that multilingualism is understood in terms of how encounters across difference are mediated and structured linguistically offer a space for interrupting colonial relationships. Furthermore, we argue that multilingualism should be approached as a site where colonial power dynamics of languages and speakers are troubled, and where the potential for new empowering linguistic mediations of the mutualities of our common humanity with different others are worked out.

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2017. Vol. 30, no 1, p. 167-188
Keywords [en]
multilingualism, utopia, non-racialism, Afrikaans, Afrikaaps, South Africa
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151978DOI: 10.1075/aila.00008.strISI: 000422685700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151978DiVA, id: diva2:1176262
Available from: 2018-01-21 Created: 2018-01-21 Last updated: 2018-02-05Bibliographically approved

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