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Where language is made: language planning at the intersections of national and international literacy and language work

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Title: Where language is made: language planning at the intersections of national and international literacy and language work
Author(s): Walls, Nicole M.
Director of Research: Prendergast, Catherine
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Prendergast, Catherine
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Baron, Dennis; McCarthy, Cameron R.; Mortensen, Peter
Department / Program: English
Discipline: English
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): language rights multilingualism Education for All United Nations and Literacy UNESCO and Literacy
Abstract: This dissertation examines how in the U.S. domestic context, attacks against multilingualism are often framed as practical arguments for those literacy skills needed to participate fully in U.S. culture and economy. Accordingly, language planning projects (e.g. anti-bilingual education legislation and the English-Only Movement) aim to eradicate language differences and, with them, the need to develop resources and nurture attitudes that support linguistic plurality. The “practical framing” of these projects has kept hostility toward multilingualism somewhat implicit, fostering instead an ambivalence that contrasts with the work of the United States in the international context to privilege literacy development over language rights. This work, I argue, has contributed to the futility of language rights in the U.S. domestic context, and has impeded the abilities of language scholars to intervene in monolingual projects. Language scholars in Rhetoric and Composition have faced resistance from within the field despite a vocal rhetorical commitment to other categories of diversity, including race, class, and gender. Revising the current notion that domestic language issues alone dictate the terms of language planning in local contexts, “Where Language is Made” shows that hostility toward multilingualism is a global problem, shaped and reshaped at the intersections of local, domestic, and international language projects.
Issue Date: 2010-06-29
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Nicole M. Walls
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-06-29
Date Deposited: May 2010

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