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ERIC Number: EJ906790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Towards a Theoretical Framework of Heritage Language Literacy and Identity Processes
Lo-Philip, Stephanie Wing-Yan
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v21 n4 p282-297 Dec 2010
Drawing mainly on Pierre Bourdieu's notions of symbolic capital, Bakhtin's concept of voice and heteroglossia in the novel, and Gee's theory of Discourses and the term third space as applied in education, I construct a theoretical framework for heritage language (HL) literacy and identity processes. I propose that HL literacy acquisition be viewed as identity processes that encompass the acquisition of voice as a means of learning how to design the self and others. I suggest that a reconceptualization of the HL learner as possessing unique characteristics from the overarching label of "second language learner" is necessary. Finally, I argue that an investigation of the dominant language and HL and Discourses is necessary for understanding HL literacy development and identity processes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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