Ideational Meaning and the Experience of Translingual Identity

  • Patrick Kiernan


This chapter explores the first of the metafunctions ideational meaning in more detail. Ideational meaning, is the area of meaning most conventionally understood as “meaning.” It is the resource that focuses on the ways in which language is used to represent the world in terms of time and place, people, actions and activities, relationships and logical relations. It focuses not only on verbal but also complimentary gestural features. In terms of exploring translingual identity, it is they key resource used to shape the context of translingual experience and representations of past, present, future and imagined selves. This chapter uses a number of different examples from across the interviews that also illustrate the range of conceptions of translingual identity.


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  • Patrick Kiernan
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  1. 1.KenkyutoMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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