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Children, politics and communicationParticipation at the margins$
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Nigel Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421845

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.001.0001

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Doing Britishness: multilingual practices, creativity and criticality of British Chinese children

Doing Britishness: multilingual practices, creativity and criticality of British Chinese children

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(p.123) Seven Doing Britishness: multilingual practices, creativity and criticality of British Chinese children
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Children, politics and communication
Author(s):

Li Wei

Zhu Hua

Chao-Jung Wu

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0008

This chapter examines the strategic use of code-switching — the alternation of languages in conversational interaction — as a symbolic and creative resource by Chinese-English bilingual children in the family and classroom. It demonstrates how bilingual children use code-switching creatively as a symbol of resistance in the face of traditional cultural values and language ideologies, using audio-recorded interactional data collected in families and schools.

Keywords:   code-switching, languages, conversational interaction, British Chinese children, bilingual children, cultural values, language ideologies, interactional data

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