Applied Linguistics Review by Li Wei

By Li Wei

The utilized Linguistics evaluation is a peer reviewed annual booklet. It brings jointly new empirical and theoretical learn and serves as a trying out floor for the articulation of unique principles and methods within the learn of real-world matters within which language performs an important position. Such concerns variety from facets of the linguistic and communicative competence of the person comparable to bilingualism and multilingualism, first or moment language acquisition, literacy, language problems, to language and communique similar difficulties in and among societies similar to linguistic discrimination, language clash, communique within the office, language coverage and language making plans.

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Rather, it is something that someone constructs in social practice within a space of socialisation. Second, identity is not monolithic. Instead, it consists of a series of performative acts that take place according to the socialisation space one occupies. We can therefore talk of ‘identities’ instead of ‘identity’ and identities are constructs that are built on the basis of semiotic resources at one’s disposal within a certain socialisation space. Third, identities are inhabited as well as ascribed.

Finally, given that languages are understood as finite entities bound by syntactical rules and grammars, their usage can be assessed. From this it follows, then, that there will be language users whose use of language can be evaluated as better than that of others. As for education, categorising pupils on the basis of how skilful they are in the usage of the standard variety, or even in the usage of the school variety of a certain language, holds deep implications for identity construction. This leads us to the concept of indexicality.

In this case, all the pupils who do not have a knowledge of Turkish. However, in Cemal’s case Turkish is addressed as ‘simply it is a normal language’ because it is not so ‘famous’ or ’well-known’ as English or French, both ’international’ languages. In Cemal’s discourse, the macro- politics of language are encapsulated in a micro-discursive practice of language ranking and of construction of order (Foucault 2007). In other words, Cemal is presenting a hierarchical ranking of the languages that he thinks do count there, and leaves Turkish in the neutral position as he addresses it as a ‘normal language’.

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