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ERIC Number: EJ1132539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
A Multilingual Perspective on Translanguaging
MacSwan, Jeff
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n1 p167-201 Feb 2017
Translanguaging is a new term in bilingual education; it supports a heteroglossic language ideology, which views bilingualism as valuable in its own right. Some translanguaging scholars have questioned the existence of discrete languages, further concluding that multilingualism does not exist. I argue that the political use of language names can and should be distinguished from the social and structural idealizations used to study linguistic diversity, favoring what I call an integrated multilingual model of individual bilingualism, contrasted with the unitary model and dual competence model. I further distinguish grammars from linguistic repertoires, arguing that bilinguals, like monolinguals, have a single linguistic repertoire but a richly diverse mental grammar. I call the viewpoint developed here a multilingual perspective on translanguaging.
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Language: English
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