Language practices and transformation of language ideologies: Mainland Chinese students in a multilingual university in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This chapter explores the language ideologies and language uses in a multilingual university in Hong Kong by exploring the voices and experiences of both mainland Chinese and Hong Kong students. Drawing on the notions of separate multilingualism and flexible multilingualism, and the data from individual and focus group interviews, the research illustrates how the linguistic ideologies existent in the university context have constrained or enhanced the students' multilingual practices, the identity positions they construct and present, and the social spaces they jointly establish. The research also shows that the language ideologies among students index broader institutional and ideological frameworks. Finally, it demonstrates that the multilingual university context has provided the space for the students to establish a translanguaging space with hybrid language use, in which linguistic resources are employed to perform a range of subject positions and to play a number of roles. Copyright © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage alternation, language choice and language encounter in international tertiary education
EditorsHartmut HABERLAND, Dorte LØNSMANN, Bent PREISLER
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages223-235
ISBN (Electronic)9789400764767
ISBN (Print)9789400764750
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Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Citation

Gu, M. M. Y. (2013). Language practices and transformation of language ideologies: Mainland Chinese students in a multilingual university in Hong Kong. In H. Haberland, D. Lønsmann, & B. Preisler (Eds.), Language alternation, language choice and language encounter in international tertiary education (pp. 223-235). Dordrecht: Springer.

Keywords

  • International student
  • Focus group interview
  • Hong Kong
  • Linguistic resource
  • Language practice