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The linguistic repertoire, language ideologies and space: The case of a young asylum seeker on the island of Lesvos

Yilmaz, B; (2019) The linguistic repertoire, language ideologies and space: The case of a young asylum seeker on the island of Lesvos. In: Proceedings of the Migration, Language and Practices: Challenges in the 21st Century. (pp. pp. 1-24). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper discusses the construction of the linguistic repertoire and the ways in which it is shaped in connection to space - in the context of im/mobility and institutionalisation as part of the asylum procedure in a transit shelter for unaccompanied minors on Lesvos Island in Greece. The article examines a young person’s (Amir, aged 17) linguistic repertoire in his metalinguistic interpretations by using a multimodal biographical approach developed by Busch (2012), which involves visual and verbal representation of linguistic experience. In most linguistic repertoire studies, linguistic and semiotic resources are seen as a whole – a move away from named bounded languages – and a focus on the relationality of the resources including language, body and other semiotic resources. However, the invisibilised parts of the linguistic repertoire in migratory settings are less dealt with. By focusing on the semiotic process of erasure in the context of an in-transit individual, this paper argues that the linguistic repertoire is a unintegrated whole that involves the expansion of the resources as well as the invisibilisation of the resources.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The linguistic repertoire, language ideologies and space: The case of a young asylum seeker on the island of Lesvos
Event: Language, Discourse and (Im)mobilities in the Mediterranean| Migration, Language and Practices: Challenges in the 21st Century
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 17th - 18th June 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://migrationbcn19.wordpress.com/organisers/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: the linguistic repertoire, space, unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers, migration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122136
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