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Multilingualism and the Periphery$
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Sari Pietikainen and Helen Kelly-Holmes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945177.001.0001

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What Makes Art Acadian?

What Makes Art Acadian?

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(p.35) Chapter 3 What Makes Art Acadian?
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Multilingualism and the Periphery
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Mireille McLaughlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945177.003.0003

Acadian cultural production is undergoing transformation as its artistic production enters global markets. Peripheral multilingualism gains value on the global stage as a way to authenticate Acadian artistic production. In this chapter, I investigate how the increasing value of peripheral multilingualism allows for the emergence of a cosmopolitan, post-nationalist, stance among young Acadian artists. I show that this stance constructs itself in dialectic with the prescriptive and nationalist ideologies of language which long structured the value of works of art and Francophone identity in Canada. I argue, however, that the increased value of multilingualism in the globalized Acadian art scene continues to reproduce essentializing stereotypes of Acadian identity. The study of the increased value of Acadian peripheral multilingualism in the global economy refines sociolinguistics’ theoretical understanding of language as a terrain where social inequalities are reproduced and contested.

Keywords:   cultural production, sociolinguistics of globalization, cosmopolitanism, nationalism and postnationalism, linguistic minorities, Francophone Canada

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