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ERIC Number: EJ928028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Social Inclusion through Multilingual Ideologies, Policies and Practices: A Case Study of a Minority Church
Han, Huamei
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v14 n4 p383-398 2011
Adopting a materialist and processual approach to language and specifically multilingualism, this paper explores what language ideologies a minority, non-educational institution embraced and how this facilitated social inclusion through constructing institutional multilingualism within societal monolingualism. Specifically, I document how a Chinese church in English-dominant Canada developed institutional multilingualism over time by adopting multiple languages institutionally, allowing code-switching in various events, and assigning speaking roles based on identities beyond linguistic performance. Examining the socioeconomic conditions that made multilingual ideologies, policies and practices commonsense at that church, I discuss the implementational and ideological spaces that may be opened up, as well as the challenges they presented for individuals and institutions. In order to further the social inclusion agenda, I argue for making the materialist and processual view of multilingualism more accessible and operational to the general public, and particularly to educational practitioners. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada