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Young People's Emerging Multilingual Practices : Learning Language or Literacy, or Both? (2019)

Pitkänen-Huhta, A. (2019). Young People's Emerging Multilingual Practices : Learning Language or Literacy, or Both?. In S. Bagga-Gupta, A. Golden, L. Holm, H. P. Laursen, & A. Pitkänen-Huhta (Eds.), Reconceptualizing Connections between Language, Literacy and Learning (pp. 35-54). Springer. Educational Linguistics, 39. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26994-4_3

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All authors or editors: Pitkänen-Huhta, Anne

Parent publication: Reconceptualizing Connections between Language, Literacy and Learning

Parent publication editors: Bagga-Gupta, Sangeeta; Golden, Anne; Holm, Lars; Laursen, Helle Pia; Pitkänen-Huhta, Anne

ISBN: 978-3-030-26993-7

eISBN: 978-3-030-26994-4

Journal or series: Educational Linguistics

ISSN: 1572-0292

eISSN: 2215-1656

Publication year: 2019

Number in series: 39

Pages range: 35-54

Number of pages in the book: 279

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26994-4_3

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67451


Research on language learning and research on literacy are typically seen as two separate strands of enquiry and thus the concepts of language and literacy have traditionally been kept apart. This is partly due to epistemological questions related to language and literacy. In this chapter, I will discuss these concepts in the context of multilingualism. Approaching multilingual language use from the perspective of literacy practices enables us to look beyond language to social practices and to examine the relationship between the concepts of language and literacy, literacy practices and language learning. Two data sets are used to illustrate how language, literacy, and language learning are connected. The first set illustrates what understandings of language and language learning emerge when Finnish teenagers talk about their literacy practices. The second data set examines how Sámi children conceptualize their multilingual repertoires and make use of their resources in literacy practices. The relationship between the concepts of language, literacy, and learning in multilingual contexts seems to be complex, changing, and situated. Language appears to be intertwined in literacy practice, language and literacy seem to be developing side by side, and literacy can be both liberating and constraining.

Keywords: language learning; literacy; multilingualism; young people; ethnography

Free keywords: literacy practices; language; language learning; multilingualism; multilingual repertoires; resource; social practices; ethnographic

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 2

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