Space, scale and languages: Identity construction of cross-boundary students in a multilingual university in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Drawing on the notions of scale and space, this paper investigates identity construction among a group of mainland Chinese cross-boundary students by analysing their language choices and linguistic practices in a multilingual university in Hong Kong. The research illustrates how movement across spaces by these students produces varying index values for languages and influences their language usage, which becomes emblematic of individual and group identities. The research demonstrates that the values developed in their place of origin may have influences on their identity construction and peer communication in the host context. Finally, it shows that these students use their multiple linguistic repertoires to project multilayered identities and gain legitimacy in peer interactions. Copyright © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-515
JournalLanguage and Education
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Citation

Gu, M. M., & Tong, H. K. (2012). Space, scale and languages: Identity construction of cross-boundary students in a multilingual university in Hong Kong. Language and Education, 26(6), 501-515.

Keywords

  • Identity
  • Intercultural communication
  • Multicultural education

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