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Towards rethinking multilingualism and language policy for academic literacies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. University of the Western Cape, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8239-524X
2013 (English)In: Linguistics and Education, ISSN 0898-5898, E-ISSN 1873-1864, Vol. 24, no 4, 396-405 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The language policy of the University of the Western Cape (2003) reflects the temperedtraces of historically and politically charged negotiations. We argue that a reinterpreta-tion of ‘policy failure’ as responsive engagement with complex new forms of linguisticand social diversity can lead to a critical rethinking of the nature of multilingualism andlanguage policy in a South African tertiary education sector in transformation. We submitthat university language policies need to consider (a) how the complex linguistic and non-linguistic repertoires of students can be mobilised for transformative discipline-specificcurricula and pedagogies, and (b) the concept of multilingualism both as a resource anda transformative epistemology and methodology of diversity. We suggest a policy devel-opment process that moves from micro-interaction to macro-structure, tracing processesof resemiotisation, interrogating legitimised representational conventions, and reshapinginstitutional practices and perceptions. We discuss the implications for register formationand for broader epistemological access and ownership.

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2013. Vol. 24, no 4, 396-405 p.
Keyword [en]
academic literacy, multilingualism, multimodality, language policy, Higher Education, resemiotisation
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Languages and Literature
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Bilingualism; Linguistics; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96716DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2013.09.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96716DiVA: diva2:667241
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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