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An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

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Volume 29, Issue 3


Hymes's linguistics and ethnography in education

Nancy H. Hornberger
Published Online: 2009-05-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2009.018


Education is one of the arenas in which Hymes has brought his scholarship and politics of advocacy to bear in the world, perhaps most visibly through his University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education deanship (1975–1987), but also through the scope and depth of his writings on linguistics and ethnography in education. Language inequality is an enduring theme of Hymes's work, in relation not only to Native American ethnopoetics, narrative analysis, and linguistic socialization, but also to educational linguistics and ethnography in education. Hymes proposed a vision and a set of ways of doing educational linguistics and ethnography in education—from ethnographic monitoring and ethnography of communication to ethnopoetics of oral narrative and ethnography of language policy—that have inspired and informed researchers for a generation and more.

Keywords:: communicative competence; educational linguistics; ethnopoetics; language inequality; language planning; linguistic socialization

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Language and Literacy in Education Division, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216, USA 〈

Published Online: 2009-05-13

Published in Print: 2009-05-01

Citation Information: Text & Talk, Volume 29, Issue 3, Pages 347–358, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2009.018.

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