Language and Multilingualism

  • Marianne Turner


The chapter explains the way in which language has traditionally been understood and how this understanding is increasingly being challenged by an emphasis on speakers—rather than discrete languages—and on the significance of hierarchies and power structures. Translanguaging as an emerging theory of language is highlighted in the chapter because it focuses on what speakers do with language(s). Theoretical considerations will be specifically grounded in stakeholders’ cross-curricular language practices. Language as a social construct and political tool, bi/multilingualism and its relationship to translanguaging will be discussed. The idea of learning language with only limited, school-based exposure, as well as the leveraging of students’ existing linguistic resources, will also be addressed.


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  • Marianne Turner
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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