Exploring the language ideology of nativeness in narrative accounts of English second language users in Montreal

Ferri, Giuliana and Magne, Viktoria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1305-9119 (2020) Exploring the language ideology of nativeness in narrative accounts of English second language users in Montreal. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. ISSN 1542-7587

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The current study qualitatively examines 23 interviews with English second language users focusing on their lived experiences of communicating in the context of multicultural and multilingual interactions in Montreal. The interpretative phenomenological analysis of data reveals two superordinate themes: the idealised native speaker of English, and ambivalent attitudes towards linguistic diversity which uncover the contested and shifting nature of language ideologies. The themes offer a narrative of the ideology of nativeness, intersecting with current studies in multilingual practices in globalised contexts. The authors suggest that the model of idealised native speech creates unrealistic expectations in English second language users regarding their own linguistic performance and their self-image as users of English. The study proposes the adoption of Lx speaker (Dewaele, 2018) in order to challenge the monolingual bias inherent in the native and non-native speaker dichotomy.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/15427587.2020.1805613
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies on 20/08/20, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15427587.2020.1805613
Keywords: language ideology, L2 users, IPA, L2English, Montreal, Lx
Subjects: Education > Teaching and learning
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Depositing User: Viktoria Magne
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 08:51
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:04
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7260


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