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ERIC Number: EJ1053781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1307-9298
Organizations of Language among Adolescents in Superdiverse Copenhagen
Møller, Janus Spindler; Jørgensen, Jens Normann
International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, v6 n1 p23-42 Oct 2013
In this paper we analyze how adolescents in a Copenhagen school classify and systematically organize the different types of language they come across in their linguistic everyday. Furthermore, we analyse descriptions of how this metapragmatic system affect the adolescents' language use in their daily life. Our primary data consist of 74 essays on language and norms for its use made by a group of pupils at the age of 14-15. Our analyses show that the participants outline systematic metapragmatic organizations that generally can be described by using three parameters that roughly can be labelled as "categorizations," "style continua" and "personal attachment" or "detachment." Traditional accounts of "languages" as countable and coherent entities play a role in the system but cannot account for all the aspects. Therefore we suggest viewing the data through the lens of the "languaging" theory. We conclude that the adolescents' ways of organizing language reflect (and comment) the societal condition of superdiversity. At the same time the specific competences developed among the adolescents are not accepted or respected by mainstream society and the educational system and we discuss possible consequences of this discrepancy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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