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Volume 2010, Issue 202 (Jan 2010)


Bilingualisms-in-practice at the meso level: an example from a bilingual school in Wales

Nigel Musk
Published Online: 2010-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl.2010.013


Bilingualism is to be seen as dynamic bilingualisms-in-practice, which are continually being “performed,” that is, shaped, valued, and constituted, both through discourses which (re)contextualize the notion, as well as through the everyday language practices of bilinguals. To shed light on bilingualisms-in-practice, primarily in the context of one bilingual school in Wales, a range of data is examined to identify prevalent discourses on bilingualism. It is argued here that the meso level of society, especially educational institutions, constitute a key site for the recontextualization of these discourses and thereby play an important mediating role between the micro and macro levels of society.

Keywords:: meso level; performativity; bilingualism; bilingual education; discourse analysis; conversation analysis; Wales

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Published Online: 2010-03-11

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Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl.2010.013.

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