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ERIC Number: EJ844978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-7076
Toward an Identity Theory of the Development of Chinese as a Heritage Language
He, Agnes Weiyun
Heritage Language Journal, v4 n1 p1-28 Fall 2006
This paper proposes an identity theory of Chinese as a Heritage Language (hereafter CHL) development, based on the characteristics of the Chinese as a Heritage Language learner and drawing insights from Language Socialization, Second Language Acquisition, and Conversation Analysis. It posits that CHL development takes place in a three-dimensional framework with intersecting planes of time, space, and identity. Temporally, CHL development recontextualizes the past, transforms the present and precontextualizes the future. As such, it fosters rooted world citizenry with appreciation of and competence in Chinese language and culture. Spatially, it transforms local, independent communities into global, interdependent communities. A learner's CHL development depends on the degree to which s/he is able to find continuity and coherence in multiple communicative and social worlds in time and space and to develop hybrid, situated identities and stances. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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