[lg policy] bibitem: Language Policy and Latina Immigrants: An Analysis of Personal Experience and Identity in Interview Talk

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
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Language Policy and Latina Immigrants: An Analysis of Personal
Experience and Identity in Interview Talk

   1. Kendall A. King1 and
   2. Anna De Fina2

+ Author Affiliations

      1University of Minnesota and 2Georgetown University

   1. E-mail: kendall at umn.edu; definaa at georgetown.edu


This article examines how Spanish-speaking Latina (im)migrants
position themselves relative to US language policies. Drawing from
interviews with 15 Latin American women in the USA, we illustrate how
understandings of language policy are constructed through individuals’
reports of everyday experiences and framed within the constraints of
contemporary language politics and ideological debates. Building on
recent shifts in language policy research towards the study of how
individuals engage with language policy issues, we argue for a close
analysis of interview talk as a way of gaining important insights into
this issue. Data from the study not only illustrate the existence of
multiple frames for individual understandings of language policy, but
also suggest how these discussions become terrains for the personal
negotiation of identities within a broader socio-political context
that is overwhelmingly anti-immigrant.

      Applied Linguistics (2010) doi: 10.1093/applin/amq025 First
published online: August 25, 2010

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