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Volume 37, Issue 6


Who is the authority? The study of language registers and ideologies in two mother tongue classes in Copenhagen

Narges Ghandchi
Published Online: 2018-01-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2016-0011


This article investigates encounters between the two overall language resources – standard vs. non-standard and regional varieties – in two linguistic minority communities in Denmark. Concentrating on Turkish and Farsi mother tongue classes, the study departs from two interviews with the parents of mother tongue students. Additional ethnographic evidence from the respective mother tongue classes show when and how the two overall varieties of the respective languages are reacted to and valorized among the study participants. Two main issues are explored in this context: first, language ideological paradigms of dominance – anonymity and authenticity – and, second, the extension and expansion of language users’ ideologies regarding registers of language. The article concludes that during the encounters and discussions concerning ideological views supporting either of the overall language resources, a form for authority exists and becomes oriented to in line with the history of language policy of the countries of origin.

Keywords: language ideologies; authority; centers of authority; standard language; mother tongue education


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Published Online: 2018-01-25

Published in Print: 2018-10-25

Citation Information: Multilingua, Volume 37, Issue 6, Pages 649–680, ISSN (Online) 1613-3684, ISSN (Print) 0167-8507, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2016-0011.

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