Social inclusion and metrolingual practices

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Routledge
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2011, 14 (4), pp. 413 - 426
Issue Date:
2011-01
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In this paper, we explore the implications of metrolingual language practices for how we understand social inclusion. A vision of social inclusion that includes bi- and multilingual capacities may comprise an appreciation of a diversity of languages other than English, and the skills and capabilities of multilingual language users, yet it is all too often premised on an understanding of language use that cannot escape its origins in statist understandings of language ideologieswhere a particular language is associated with a particular cultural, ethnic or geographical configuration.
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