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ERIC Number: EJ938059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Re-Examining Bernstein: From Peer-Group Ways of Speaking to "Schriftsprache"--A Study of Turkish-German "Hauptschule" Students in Mannheim
Keim, Inken
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v28 n2-3 p229-264 Aug 2009
This paper begins by looking at responses to Bernstein in Germany in the 1970s that criticized his notions of class difference in sociolinguistic codes. As part of a re-examination of Bernstein's ideas, the paper goes on to look at the current communicative situation in German education where urban schools have many second-generation immigrant students. As part of a long-term research project on communicative styles of young Turkish immigrants in Mannheim (see Keim, Sprachliche Varianz und sprachliche Virtuositat von turkischstammigen "Ghetto"-Jugendlichen in Mannheim, Narr, 2007), I explore the uses of German as a school language or "Schriftsprache", in which culture-specific knowledge of genres used in formal and institutional situations are taught. I find that urban adolescents have a wide stylistic repertoire that contains ethnolectal forms, bi- or multilingual mixings, switchings and crossings as well as forms of "schooled language". Elements of this repertoire are used differentially in oral and written narratives. In this paper I will focus on the use of linguistic and communicative resources in written material from different social contexts (formal vs. informal), reconstruct the discursive or social functions of linguistic choices, and compare the discursive procedures used in oral and written texts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany