publication . Article . Other literature type . 2008

Contesting ‘Language’ as ‘Heritage’: Negotiation of Identities in Late Modernity

Li Wei;
  • Published: 10 Jan 2008 Journal: Applied Linguistics, volume 29, pages 533-554 (issn: 0142-6001, eissn: 1477-450X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
In this paper we question key terms which appear frequently in discussions of language teaching and learning: ‘language’ and ‘heritage’. The paper draws on empirical data from one of four linked case studies in a larger project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), ‘Investigating Multilingualism in Complementary Schools in Four Communities’ (RES-000-23-1180). In our analysis we argue that the relationships between ‘language’ and ‘heritage’, far from being straightforward, are complex in the way they play out in classroom interactions. The data raise a number of questions in our attempts to understand how the linguistic practices of studen...
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