Linguistic (il)legitimacy in Migration Encounters

Petros Karatsareas 2021. Linguistic (il)legitimacy in Migration Encounters. Languages. 6 (2) e66. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020066

TitleLinguistic (il)legitimacy in Migration Encounters
TypeJournal article
AuthorsKaratsareas, P.
AbstractLinguistic differences between groups of co-ethnic and/or co-national migrants in diasporic contexts can become grounds for constructing and displaying identities that distinguish (groups of) migrants on the basis of differences in the sociohistorical circumstances of migration (provenance, time of migration) and/or social factors such as class, socioeconomic status, or level of education. In this article, I explore how language became a source of ideological conflict between Greek Cypriot and Greek migrants in the context of a complementary school in north London. Analysing a set of semi-structured interviews with teachers, which were undertaken in 2018 as part of an ethnographically oriented project on language ideologies in Greek complementary schools, I show that Greek pupils and parents, who had migrated to the UK after 2010 pushed by the government-debt crisis in Greece, positioned themselves as linguistic authorities and developed discourses that delegitimised the multilingual and multidialectal practices of Greek Cypriot migrants. Their interventions centred around the use of Cypriot Greek and English features, drawn from the linguistic resources that did not conform with the expectations that “new” Greek migrants held about complementary schools and which were based on strictly monolingual and monodialectal language ideologies. To these, teachers responded with counter-discourses that re-valued contested practices as products of different linguistic repertoires that were shaped by different life courses and trajectories of linguistic resources acquisition.
Keywordsmigration and mobility
language and migration
complementary schools
Greek diaspora
Greek Cypriot diaspora
United Kingdom
Article numbere66
JournalLanguages
Journal citation6 (2)
ISSN2226-471X
Year2021
PublisherMDPI
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020066
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2226-471X/6/2/66
Publication dates
Published online02 Apr 2021
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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