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A Case Study of Bilingual Language Use: An Account of Discursive and Literacy Practices in Swedish and Turkish by a Young Person
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
2014 (English)In: BILIG. Journal of Social Sciences of the Turkish World, ISSN 1301-0549, no 70, 181-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this small scale sociolinguistic and ethnographic case study, I explore how a young, bilingual boy with Turkish and Swedish as his two languages makes use of his bilingualism in different domains and with different interlocutors during the course of a day. The study provides an account of how this young individual employs his bilingual resources, both in his heritage language Turkish, and in Swedish, the principal language of his schooling. The final section of this paper discusses the cultural and social significance which this young person and his family have associated with the observed language practices. The discussion attempts to highlight the constraints and benefits of bilingual language use in an individual case, but it relates also to the broader societal issues of Swedish language policy, concerning the significance and value of bilingualism from different perspectives: the observed informant, the local school and the national Swedish curriculum for primary and comprehensive education.

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2014. no 70, 181-210 p.
Keyword [en]
flerspråkig språkanvändning, litteracitetspraktiker, diskurspraktiker, språkpolicy, interkulturell kunskap, invandring och utbildning, turkiska som modersmål, bilingual language use, literacy practices, discursive practices, language policy, intercultural knowledge, immigration and schooling, Turkish as heritage language
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110231ISI: 000348137400009OAI: diva2:769725
Available from: 2014-12-08 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2015-03-02Bibliographically approved

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