Article published in:Heteroglossia and language ideologies in children’s peer play interactions
Edited by Amy Kyratzis, Ann-Carita Evaldsson and Jennifer Reynolds
[Pragmatics 20:4] 2010
► pp. 495–522
Socializing Heteroglossia among Miskitu children on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua
This article adapts Bakhtin’s term “heteroglossia” as a framework for analyzing Miskitu children’s multilingual speech on Corn Island, off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Analysis of naturally occurring speech in this context illustrates the utility of partial competencies and hybridized speech, supporting a view of language not as a bounded system, but as a diverse pool of communicative resources that socialize children into multiple modes of voicing and acting. More broadly, the article examines the relations between language ideologies and language socialization, and the ways that both are articulated within complex histories of cultural interaction and stratified social relations. The article challenges conventional dichotomies of language loss and revitalization by viewing the hybrid linguistic practices that enable children to bridge social and cultural worlds.
Keywords: Miskitu, Heteroglossia, Multilingualism, Spanish, Creole English, Peer play, Code-switching, Language socialization
Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 license.
Published online: 01 December 2010
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