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ERIC Number: EJ856547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Laughing at Mistakes: Language Politics, Counter-Hegemonic Actions, and Bilingual Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Doerr, Neriko Musha
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v8 n2-3 p124-143 2009
This article analyzes how minority-language students responded to what they felt to be disrespectful behavior of a mainstream teacher towards their language from a case at an Aotearoa/New Zealand school in 1997-1998. Even when minority language is recognized officially and institutionally, as in Aotearoa/New Zealand, some minority-language speakers still face disrespectful behavior towards their language in daily life. However, previous research on empowering minority language speakers has tended to focus on macrolevel reforms or microlevel survival strategies. By analyzing Maori/English bilingual students' laughing at a mainstream teacher's mispronunciation of Te Reo words, which had loaded effects due to the current cultural politics in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this article explores a microlevel strategy for minority language speakers to effectively challenge hegemonic norms that marginalize their language in daily life. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand