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Doing Britishness: multilingual practices, creativity and criticality of British Chinese children

Li Wei, Zhu Hua and Chao-Jung Wu

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0008
Doing Britishness: multilingual practices, creativity and criticality of British Chinese children

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This chapter examines the strategic use of code-switching — the alternation of languages in conversational interaction — as a symbolic and creative resource by Chinese-English bilingual children in the family and classroom. It demonstrates how bilingual children use code-switching creatively as a symbol of resistance in the face of traditional cultural values and language ideologies, using audio-recorded interactional data collected in families and schools.

Keywords: code-switching; languages; conversational interaction; British Chinese children; bilingual children; cultural values; language ideologies; interactional data

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Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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