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Jenks, Christopher Joseph. 2017. The semiotics of learning Korean at home: an ecological autoethnographic perspective. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 20 (6) : 688–703.
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Language as a subject
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This autoethnographic inquiry explores how the author re-learns Korean in, and through, interactions with family members at home. The analysis, which is informed by language ecology and sociocultural concepts of development, displays how semiotic and human resources, covering material objects and more proficient speakers, play a mediating role in how the author handles the social and linguistic challenges of re-learning Korean. The findings reveal how temporally displaced events are interconnected and show that language learning can follow a non-linear trajectory. The article ends with a number of methodological observations concerning the benefits of exploring language learning from an ecological, autoethnographic viewpoint.