Language practices of a Jamaican transnational

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This chapter examines the ways in which transnational identity and social networks are reflected in classroom languaging practices in settings where students speak Caribbean Creole English. Microethnographic discourse analysis of interactions between a Jamaican secondary student in New York City and her English teacher reveal that the student produces writing and interacts with her teacher through a multidialectal repertoire, drawing on multiple varieties of English that reflect her simultaneous participation in Jamaican, African American, and public school communities. The student’s languaging affirms her transnational identity while defying monolingualist and standard language ideologies. Shifts in the teacher’s instructional practices demonstrate the potential of professional development on students’ heterogenous language use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to the Work of John R. Rickford
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780429765339
ISBN (Print)9781138370708
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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