Language Unbound

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Language Unbound

What is language?-Expression-Identity-Communication-Connection-Participation -Understanding

Polylanguaging- ways speakers combine features associated with different languages in order to more adequately express themselves and communicate-No two people have exactly the same features, but they do share each individual feature with somebody else (Jorgenson et. al. 2011)-Speakers can "leverage" the resources abailable to them to communicate with others (Orellana et. al, 2012)

"Language is one of the most intimate expressions of identity"-Delpit (47)

Examples:-Teens in Copenhagen combining parts of various languages on Facebook -Nuyorican Poetry

Social ConstructivismThe idea that truth is made, not found-The "centrality of language is mediating what people come to understand abut their lived experiences" (Alvermann et. al., 2013 p. 31) -Dowdy (2008) reflects on her conflict between Trinidadian and Imperial English languages growing up, saying that "soul and reality occupy separate linguistic spaces" -Truth can be different from one person to another as people observe their worlds from different perspectives and in different ways; it only makes sense for people to use different linguistic tools and approaches to express these-If we are open to these differences, language can take on a cooperative quality that makes way for greater expressive products

Philosophy and References

Language as a "Toolkit"-Language is often thought as a "container" metaphor, needing to be filled to be learned-Orellana et. al. (2012) argue for a "toolkit" or "repetoire" metaphore where different aspects of language can be learned and used in various settings-With this new metaphor, these authors call for a more authentic and meaningful in order to communicate more expressively and effectively -Through this metaphor, language and literacy and unbound, becoming more fluid and individual

Literacy"gaining the skills and knowledge to read, interpret, and produce certain types of texts and artifacts and to gain the intellectual tools and capacities to fully participate in one's culture and society" -Kellner & Share -Kellner and Share (2005) see literacies as socially constructed and constantly evolving

Example:Will Grayson, Will GraysonBy John Green and David Levithan

"Humankind is a language specific species"-Jorgensen et. al.

-Delpit (33)

"All people have theright to their ownlanguage"

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