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ERIC Number: EJ1260699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
Habitus and Imagined Ideals: Attending to (Un)Consciousness in Discourses of (Non)Nativeness
Djuraeva, Madina; Catedral, Lydia
International Multilingual Research Journal, v14 n3 p270-285 2020
This study responds to scholarship that has examined "folk concepts" of (non)nativeness through the lens of imagined ideals of the native speaker, by proposing a framework that integrates both ideals and habits. We operationalize these concepts by drawing from the theoretical notions of chronotope, scale, and habitus. Using data from interviews with Central Asian transnational migrants, we demonstrate how attending to both the habitual and idealized aspects of speakers' metalinguistic commentary offers a more holistic approach to the study of multilingual repertoires and speakers' social positionings in relationship to (non)nativeness. Our findings demonstrate how identification as a "(non)native" speaker may become more or less important to participants depending on whether they orient to habits or ideals. We also show that speakers' use of "discourses of habit", which emphasize their less conscious linguistic behaviors, may lead to a blurring of the lines between nativeness and non-nativeness. This in turn has implications for theories of agency as resistance to linguistic marginalization, and contributes to applied issues related to language education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Uzbekistan; Canada
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