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Meaning-making or heterogeneity in the areas of language and identity? The case of translanguaging and nyanlända (newly-arrived) across time and space
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Communication, Culture & Diversity @ JU (CCD@JU).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1846-858X
Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Multilingualism, ISSN 1479-0718, E-ISSN 1747-7530Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The study presented here, theoretically framed at the crossroads of sociocultural and decolonial perspectives, draws attention to the sudden proliferation of two specific neologisms in the area of language, education and identity across time and space. It particularly highlights concerns regarding the ways in which these are deployed within scholarship and in schools and teacher education currently in the nation-state of Sweden. The analysis presented in this paper throws critical light on the ways in which the emergence and proliferation of neologisms like translanguaging and nyanlända (newly-arrived) contribute towards (or confounds) issues related to communication and diversity in the educational sector. This is done by juxtaposing the trajectory and deployment of neologisms in relation to social practices across institutional spaces. Such an enterprise is important, given recent calls for flexibility against the backdrop of concerns regarding heterogeneous populations in schools in geopolitical spaces like Sweden. Here expectations regarding both inclusion and learning goals for all students are prioritised agendas. We draw upon data from ethnographical projects at the CCD research group (www.ju.se/ccd) to make our case. This includes naturally occurring interactional data and textual data, for instance, current scholarship, directives from the national bodies in charge of schools and teacher education in Sweden.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018.
Keywords [en]
decolonial, ethnographic, Neologisms, nyanlända, sociocultural, translanguaging
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40963DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2018.1468446Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047663705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40963DiVA, id: diva2:1231373
Available from: 2018-07-06 Created: 2018-07-06 Last updated: 2018-07-06

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