By Nancy Hornberger, Sandra Lee McKay
This ebook offers an up to date evaluation of sociolinguistics, together with subject matters of nationalism and pop culture, sort and id, creole languages, severe language understanding, multimodal literacies, school room discourse, ideologies and gear, throughout language schooling contexts starting from the instructing of English as a world language to Indigenous language revitalization.
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The results of both social–psychological and corpus analyses offer information about the way the world works. Both analytical approaches seek to better describe the world and, with reference to the theme of this chapter, the ways in which groups of individual human respondents perceive or large samples of text reflect attitudinal and ideological positions. Each is, thus, broadly descriptive in a ‘product-oriented’ sense, and offers a portrait of ‘things as they are’ at a particular point in history.
This is the approach taken by Fitzsimmons-Doolan (2009) in a corpus-based study of the degree of relationship, or co-referentiality, between streams of discussion in the state of Arizona related to two topics relevant to language ideologies, (1) immigration and (2) language minority education, including three related subtopics: (a) Official English legislation and practices, including a 2000 ballot proposition that mandated English as medium of instruction for K-12 learners, (b) developments in a court case, Flores v.
The researcher concludes that this analysis refutes the notion that coverage of language minority issues and matters related to immigration represent in any way the same stream of discourse; rather, findings are consonant with prior empirical research documenting diverse rationales underlying singular policy directions, a reality demanding revision of some of the more sweeping pluralist theoretical narratives and requiring further research. indb 16 5/13/2010 3:43:20 PM Language and Ideologies 17 Quantitative research on belief structures as related to language and language learning thus uses the study of relatively large groups of individuals, whose responses are then analyzed to yield interpretable patterns consistent with theoretical models that include other constructs.
Sociolinguistics and Language Education (New Perspectives on Language and Education, Volume 18) by Nancy Hornberger, Sandra Lee McKay