Bilingualism: A Social Approach by Monica Heller (eds.)

By Monica Heller (eds.)

Arguing opposed to a typical feel view of bilingualism because the co-existence of 2 linguistic structures, this quantity develops a severe standpoint which methods bilingualism as a large choice of units of sociolinguistic practices hooked up to the development of social distinction and of social inequality less than particular ancient conditions.

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Line 15, ‘you are simply lazy’). The example shows how ‘socialization (…) in(to) communities of practice may entail the negotiation of ways of being in context’ (Pavlenko and Piller 2001: 22, drawing on Wenger 1998), in that the native African is not only learning how to be a worker for the white man, but is simultaneously being positioned (Pavlenko and Blackledge 2004) linguistically as having a particular kind of (infantile) colonial identity. Texts such as these offer illuminating insights into the social conditions under which native Africans acquired Portuguese.

Annales Aequatoria 20: 413–43. Meeuwis, Michael, and Jan Blommaert (1994). The ‘Markedness Model’ and the absence of society: Remarks on code-switching. Multilingua 14(4): 387–423. 14039_96784_02_chap01 20 15/2/07 19:14:3 bilingualism as ideology and practice 21 Mejia, Anne-Marie de (2002). Power, Prestige and Bilingualism: International Perspectives on Elite Bilingual Education. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters. Mougeon, Raymond, and Edouard Beniak (1991). Linguistic Consequences of Language Contact and Restriction: The Case of French in Ontario, Canada.

One advantage of a reconceptualization of the colonial state in terms of discourses of legality is that it highlights some important continuities between colonialism and postcoloniality, as the problem of citizenship has also constituted the major legacy with which these societies have had to grapple. Mamdani (1996), for example, has suggested that colonial bifurcations between urban–rural, civilized–native, citizen–subject, common law–customary law find resonance in the postcolonial society’s politics of identities that seek to refine a more inclusive notion of citizenship built around the construction 14039_96784_03_chap02 27 4/4/07 16:04:5 28 bilingualism, nation, state and capitalism of commonality rather than difference.

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