Towards a plurilingual habitus: engendering interlinguality in urban spaces

Lamb, T. 2015. Towards a plurilingual habitus: engendering interlinguality in urban spaces. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 10 (2), pp. 151-165. doi:10.1080/22040552.2015.1113848

TitleTowards a plurilingual habitus: engendering interlinguality in urban spaces
AuthorsLamb, T.
Abstract

This article focuses on the potential of the multilingual city to create spaces in which monolingual hegemonies may be challenged, inclusive, intercultural values may be nurtured, and plurilingualism may be valorised. Following a contextualisation of linguistic diversity in theories of globalisation and superdiversity, discourses of deficit and power are addressed, arguing that the problematisation of multilingualism and pathologisation of plurilingualism reflect a monolingual habitus. Bringing about a shift towards a plurilingual habitus requires a Deep Approach, as it involves a critical revaluing of deep-seated dispositions. It suggests that the city offers spaces, which can engender interlinguality, a construct that includes interculturality, criticality and a commitment to creative and flexible use of other languages in shared, pluralistic spaces. It then proposes critical, participatory and ethnographic research in three multidimensional spaces: the urban school and a potential interlingual curriculum; networks, lobbying for inclusive policy and organising celebratory events in public spaces; and grass roots-level local spaces, some created by linguistic communities to exercise agency and maintain their languages and cultures, and some emerging as linguistically hybrid spaces for convivial encounter.

KeywordsMultilingual city; linguistic superdiversity; plurilingualism; interlinguality; urban spaces
JournalInternational Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
Journal citation10 (2), pp. 151-165
ISSN2204-0552
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptLamb 2015 Interlinguality final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/22040552.2015.1113848
Publication dates
Published26 Nov 2015

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