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Beyond Yellow EnglishToward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America$
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Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327359.001.0001

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The Emergence of Language Identity in Cultural Action

The Emergence of Language Identity in Cultural Action

A Commentary

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Beyond Yellow English

Bonnie Urciuoli

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the arguments of the previous three chapters in Part V of the book and provides some analysis. The dimensions of linguistic identity that emerge, as examined in the three chapters, depend on the linguistic action in which they occur. The perspectives in these chapters complement each other, providing more nuanced understandings of linguistic identification in the United States. In the United States language is so readily intertwined with notions of personhood, and whiteness operates as a dynamic yet persistent historical concept. Of primary consideration are the sites in which the data presented in the chapteres are gathered — in each case, sites of education — and what it means to be an American, or a potential American, in those sites. Language and culture should be seen as processes rather than things.

Keywords:   linguistic identity, linguistic action, personhood, education, language and culture

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