Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Primary Theme: Identity and Equity
Secondary Theme: The Political
Proficient use is often considered the ultimate goal of language pedagogy, especially in lesser-used and heritage language contexts. This panel will examine alternative approaches to language use where proficiency is not the ultimate goal; instead, language is a tool for building community, forging ethnic or religious identity or achieving political and social recognition. Participants will draw upon a variety of theoretical concepts including Language Ideology, Avineri’s concept of Metalinguistic Community and Benor’s Ethnolinguistic Infusion.