Wednesday seminar: Codeswitching and Translanguaging: A Multilingual Perspective
Jeff MacSwan, Professor at The University of Maryland, will give a lecture on codeswitching and translanguaging.
Translanguaging is a new term in language education. Like holistic bilingualism, it supports a heteroglossic language ideology. Some translanguaging scholars have questioned the existence of discrete languages, concluding that multilingualism itself does not exist. Furthermore, this work has charged traditional codeswitching scholars with embracing and supporting a monoglossic language ideology. I argue that the political use of language names can and should be distinguished from the social and structural idealizations used to study linguistic diversity, favoring what I call an Integrated Multilingual Model of individual bilingualism, contrasted with the Unitary Model and Dual Competence Model. I further distinguish grammars from linguistic repertoires, arguing that bilinguals, like everybody, have a single linguistic repertoire but a richly diverse mental grammar. I call the viewpoint developed here a multilingual perspective on translanguaging, which supports a heteroglossic language ideology as well as traditional basic scientific research on bilingualism, such as codeswitching.
The talk will be based on MacSwan's article A Multilingual Perspective on Translanguaging, published in the American Educational Research Journal. The article can be accessed here (external link).
Read more about Jeff MacSwan on his staff page on The University of Maryland's website (external link).