Zeitschriftenartikel

Negotiating the politics of language

Since 2001, political concerns over social and ethnic cohesion have stimulated new debates over citizenship and belonging in the UK. A central feature of which has been a civic requirement of new citizens to learn English. Such a debate however coincides with concerns around in-migration in Wales, and the highly contested notion that non-Welsh speakers have a civic responsibility to learn Welsh. This article aims to explore the contradictions between these two cases via research with adult language learners in Wales — a group often ignored within literature on language, identity and citizenship. In analysing learners' discourses, the article identifies the ways in which learners come to terms with such notions of responsibility. However, the article argues that by positioning language learning in Wales in relation to the development of Welsh civic institutions, and by locating learning itself as a means of expressing such civic identification to place, so the demands for linguistic accommodation by monolingual English speakers may be increasingly articulated.

Negotiating the politics of language

GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. Bibliothek Köln

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Status: Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Sprache
Englisch
Umfang
Seite(n): 208-224

Erschienen in
Ethnicities, 7(2)

Bezug (was)
adult language learning; civic responsibility; linguistic accommodation; Welsh Language;

Beteiligte Personen und Organisationen
Mann, Robin
Erschienen
2007

URN
urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-230502
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GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. Bibliothek Köln
Letzte Aktualisierung
24.01.2023, 06:48 MEZ

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  • Zeitschriftenartikel

Beteiligte


  • Mann, Robin

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  • 2007

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