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'Is it really for talking?' : the implications of associating a minority language with the school
Smith-Christmas, Cassie
This paper examines how caregivers in a bilingual family discursively link Gaelic to a school context when interacting with Maggie, an eight year-old who is currently enrolled in Gaelic Medium Education on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The paper argues that the caregivers achieve this discursive framing primarily through treating Gaelic as a performance language and through orienting to discourses that de-normatise Maggie s use of her minority language. The paper argues that although the caregivers believe they are encouraging Maggie s use of Gaelic, by framing the language in a school context, they link Gaelic to authority. It is further argued that this association of Gaelic with authority may be one of the many contributing factors to Maggie s low use of the language overall. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of this argument in terms of language policy and planning. ACCEPTED peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): minority language education; language shift; Gaelic; authority; performance language; language policy
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): Language Culture and Curriculum;30 (1), pp. 32-47
Publisher(s): Taylor and Francis
First Indexed: 2017-02-16 05:47:49 Last Updated: 2018-04-09 06:28:27