A unified linguistic market and its legitimate language (2022)

In his exploration of the case of France, Bourdieu (LSP) shows that the process of legitimation of a certain mode of expression is connected with the interlinked processes of political unification and construction of a unified linguistic market. In the case of France, the legitimate language equates to the official language. From this perspective, Bourdieu (LSP) demonstrates that the processes of construction, legitimation and imposition of a certain mode of expression as the official language of France went hand in hand with the political processes of unification of the territory: “the official language is bound up with the state, both in its genesis and in its social uses. It is in the process of state formation that the conditions are created for the constitution of a unified linguistic market, dominated by the official language” (LSP, p. 45). More specifically, he explains how the processes of devaluation of regional dialects across France before and particularly after the French Revolution as well as the simultaneous promotion of a certain mode of expression (that used by the cultivated circles of Paris) to the status of official language were linked with the political processes of territorial unification. In this exploration, he coins the notion of a ‘unified linguistic market’, which is defined as the main condition “for one mode of expression among others (a particular language in the case of bilingualism) to impose itself as the only legitimate one” (LSP, p. 45). This legitimacy refers to the dominance of such a mode of expression from two interlinked perspectives. In the case of France, Bourdieu shows that a certain mode of expression was objectified in writing and was quasi-legally

codified. In other words, it was standardized into an official language, it was constructed as a language45. At the same time, such an official language became the norm against which all other modes of expression started to be measured, particularly in formal situations. It is this mode of expression that linguists take for granted and convert into a natural, universal model of linguistic correctness (Bourdieu LSP, p. 50). Correlatively, in the sociolinguistic paradigm, all other modes of expression encountered within the territory of a political unit become deviations from this norm (see sub-section 2.1.2).

However, Bourdieu (LSP, p. 50) argues that while the will to political unification is one of the main factors that lead to the construction of such a language which linguists “accept as a natural datum”, it does not account for the generalization of the actual use of the official language on its own. In other words, he argues that for an official language to become legitimate and dominant, overt policies at state level do not play the most important part. In fact Bourdieu (LSP, p. 50) argues that

the effects of domination which accompany the unification of the market are always exerted through a whole set of specific institutions and mechanisms, of which the specifically linguistic policy of the state and even the overt interventions of pressure groups form only the most superficial aspects. The fact that these mechanisms presuppose the political and economic unification which they help in turn to reinforce in no way implies that the progress of the official language is to be attributed to the direct effectiveness of legal or quasi-legal constraints. (These can at best impose the acquisition, but not the generalized use and therefore the autonomous reproduction, of the legitimate language).

Thus, Bourdieu does not offer a simple top-down explanation of the logic of generalized use of the official language in the case of France as simply imposed by the nation-state. Instead, he digs deeper into what lies behind such logic and argues that “this generalization is a dimension of the unification of the market in symbolic goods which accompanies the unification of the economy and also of cultural production and circulation” (LSP, p. 50). Such unification is only possible through an entire set of institutions and mechanisms. More specifically, Bourdieu (LSP, p. 49) shows that in the case of France the unification of the linguistic market was possible through three main factors. First, through the construction of a national unified educational system, which is one of the most symbolically powerful institutions through which the inculcation of the (emergent) legitimate mode of expression

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With respect to the role played by the state and by linguists in the construction of a standardized “language” which corresponds to the official language in the case of nation-states, such as France, Bourdieu and Boltanski (1975, pp. 2-3) argue that “The official language cannot impose itself through its own intrinsic force. Political conditions offer the official language its geographic and demographic boundaries - its borders slowly emerge out of political borders. If you analyse a specific historical context, it is very easy to prove how linguists have taken the notion of “linguistic community” … and incorporated into theory a pre-constructed object, forgetting its social laws of construction and hiding its social genesis by invoking the criterion of ‘mutual intelligibility’ and by pretending that this is the answer to the question regarding the conditions and degrees of acquisition of the official language. The amnesia of the genesis which is implied in understanding language outside of its political conditions of imposition contributes to the process of legitimation of the official language and its social effects from which not even linguists are exempt” (translation my own).

can take place at the level of the entire linguistic market (in this case, standardized French)46. Second, through the unification of the labour market, such as the development of state administration and the civil service. Third, and most importantly, through the relation between the two, educational qualifications becoming the gatekeeper to the labour field, and thus to social mobility. Bourdieu (LSP, p. 49) argues that in the case of France it was primarily this dialectical relationship that led to the emergence of a unified linguistic market, where the official language also became the legitimate language47.

In the case of France, a unified linguistic market implied the unification of formerly local markets which used to function according to their own rules and laws of price formation. Within a unified linguistic market the linguistic products which used to be legitimate within the formerly enclosed local linguistic markets are faced with a “generalization of the dominant criteria of evaluation” (LSP, p. 50) at the level of the politically unified territory of France. This unification leads to the emergence of a new hierarchy of linguistic practices which started competing against each other, or rather, competing against those linguistic practices of the most symbolically powerful agents/institutions who/which had the capacity to “impose the criteria of appreciation most favourable to their own products” (LSP, p. 67). In turn, these practices become the ‘norm’ against which all other practices are measured and, consequently devalued. Within this unified linguistic market, benefiting “from the institutional conditions for its generalized codification and imposition” (LSP, p. 45) as shown so far, the official language becomes the legitimate language48.

Discussing primarily the linguistic power relations between “the different uses of the same language” (LSP, p. 53), Bourdieu argues that the fundamental principle according to which a hierarchy of linguistic practices functions is the constitution of a “system of sociologically pertinent linguistic oppositions … which has nothing to do with the system of linguistically pertinent linguistic

46 With respect to the educational system, Bourdieu (LSP, p. 59) argues that it is “charged with the task of

sanctioning heretical products in the name of grammar and inculcating the specific norms which block the effects of the laws of evolution, [contributing] significantly to constituting the dominated uses of language as such by consecrating the dominant use as the only legitimate one, by the mere fact of inculcating it”.

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Consequently, without this dialectical relationship the inculcation of a certain mode of expression (in this case, the official language, ‘French’) through the education field would not have been necessarily imposed as the legitimate language, which means that it would not have led to its general use. In this regard, Bourdieu (LSP, p. 49) explains the results of this dialectic relationship: “to induce the holders of dominated linguistic competences to collaborate in the destruction of their instruments ofexpression, by endeavouring for example to speak ‘French’ at home, with the more or less explicit intention of increasing their value on the educational market, it was necessary for the school system to be perceived as the principal (indeed, the only) means of access to administrative positions”.

48 For an excellent analysis of a similar process of devaluation of practices as a consequence of the unification

of a market, see Bourdieu’s The Bachelors’ Ball (2008) (TBB) which presents the case of the market of matrimonial exchanges in rural Béarn in light of deep social and economic changes at the level of France.

oppositions”49. This refers to the emergent relation between the different modes of expression within the unified linguistic market which can be explained as a “hierarchical universe of deviations with respect to a form of speech that is (virtually) universally recognised as legitimate, i.e., as the standard measure of the value of linguistic products” (LSP, p. 56). The resulting set of differences is not a natural one, but a consequence of the power relations and social conditions pertinent to the institutions and agents involved in the game50. Correlatively, the resulting system of linguistic oppositions represents a “re-translation of a system of social differences” (LSP, p. 54)51. Consequently, a unified linguistic market represents the arena where different linguistic practices are in constant competition. On the one hand, agents who lack the legitimate competence “are de facto excluded from the social domains in which this competence is required, or are condemned to silence” (LSP, p. 55). On the other hand, the legitimate competence may function as linguistic capital, which can be converted into distinction (LSP, p. 55) in relation to other competences. Such distinction can be achieved solely on the basis of two fundamental conditions: “the unification of the market and the unequal distribution of the chances of access to the means of production of the legitimate competence, and to the legitimate places of expression”52 (LSP, p. 56). Furthermore, in order for the dominant agents/institutions to secure such profit of distinction and to impose this legitimate competence as such, the two conditions need to be constantly fulfilled.

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Bourdieu (LSP, p. 54) clearly refers here to the sociolinguistic understanding of variation, which takes the official, legitimate language as the model of universal competence and explains linguistic difference as a variation from this ‘norm’ without taking into consideration either the genesis of the official ‘language’ as the legitimate mode of expression, or the linguistic relation of power between such a legitimate language and other modes of expression.

50 More precisely, Bourdieu (LSP, p. 64) argues that “the different agents’ linguistic strategies are strictly

dependent on their positions in the structure of the distribution of linguistic capital, which can in turn be shown to depend, via the structure of chances of access to the educational system, of the structure of class relations”. This comment comes as a critique of the approach taken by interactionist sociolinguists, who focus solely on the linguistic elements present in a linguistic exchange, failing thus to grasp the mechanisms of production of linguistic practices deeply rooted in socio-historical conditions.

51 Furthermore, Bourdieu (LSP, p. 54) explains that “the social uses of language owe their specifically social

value to the fact that they tend to be organized in systems of differences … which reproduce, in the symbolic order of differential deviations, the system of social differences. To speak is to appropriate one or another of the expressive styles already constituted in and through usage and objectively marked by their position in a hierarchy of styles which expresses the hierarchy of corresponding social groups. These styles, systems of differences which are both classified and classifying, ranked and ranking, mark those who appropriate them”.

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Bourdieu (LSP, p. 56) defines the exact relationship between gaining distinction and the chances of access to the legitimate competence: “since the profit of distinction results from the fact that the supply of products (or speakers) corresponding to a given level of linguistic (or, more generally, cultural) qualification is lower than it would be if all speakers had benefited from the conditions of acquisition of the legitimate competence to the same extent as the holders of the rarest competence, it is logically distributed as a function of the chances of access to these conditions, that is, as a function of the position occupied in the social structure”.

This leads to the crucial idea that the status of legitimacy of a certain mode of expression is not a static, fixed matter; rather, it is a complex process whose conditions have to be continuously reproduced:

The legitimate language no more contains within itself the power to ensure its own perpetuation in time than it has the power to define its extension in space. Only the process of continuous creation, which occurs through unceasing struggles between the different authorities who compete within the field of specialized production for the monopolist power to impose the legitimate mode of expression, can ensure the permanence of the legitimate language and of its value, of the recognition accorded to it (LSP, p. 58).

This means that for the legitimate language to be reproduced as such, the conditions of the market need to be reproduced. It is the market understood as the entire array of political and social conditions of production of producers and consumers (LSP, p. 57) that ensures the social value of a specific linguistic competence, i.e., its capacity to function as linguistic capital (LSP, p. 57) and thus, as legitimate competence. In other words, the reproduction of the conditions of the market is not a static process, but a continuous struggle for the recognition of legitimacy. It is not enough for a unified linguistic market to be constituted at one point in time. Rather, the entire array of agents and institutions which led to the constitution of this market need to preserve, or even acquire more capital and symbolic power in order to ensure its perpetuation and the reproduction of the legitimate mode of expression.

However, it is now important to explore in detail how a certain mode of expression is recognised as legitimate. The Bourdieusian framework does not imply a simple top-bottom model through which the state imposes a certain ‘language’ as legitimate in a mechanistic way. Rather, he argues that

All symbolic domination presupposes, on the part of those who submit to it, a form of complicity which is neither passive submission to external constraint nor free adherence to values. The recognition of the legitimacy of the official language has nothing in common with an explicitly professed, deliberate and revocable belief, or with an intentional act of accepting the ‘norm’. It is inscribed, in a practical state, in dispositions which are palpably inculcated, through a long and slow process of acquisition, by the sanctions of the linguistic market, and which are therefore adjusted, without any cynical calculation or consciously experienced constraint, to the chances of material and symbolic profit which the laws of price formation characteristic of a given market objectively offer to the holders of a given linguistic capital (LSP, pp. 50-51).

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Reference is made here to the concept of habitus, which in this model of linguistic production and circulation plays as crucial a role as that of the market. The following sub-sections explore the concept of linguistic habitus in light of its mutually determining relationship with the linguistic market.

FAQs

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He argues that language should be viewed not only as a means of communication but also as a medium of power through which individuals pursue their own interests and display their practical competence.

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The concept of the linguistic marketplace can be used to explain the occurrence of age-graded variation (-> Age Pattern: Language and Age). We find that the entrance into working life constitutes a developmental step in the life of the individual with which the use of non-standard variants generally decreases.

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In sociolinguistics, the notion of linguistic marketplace, also known as linguistic market or talk market, refers to the symbolic market where linguistic exchanges happen.

What is Bourdieu's habitus? ›

In Bourdieu's words, habitus refers to “a subjective but not individual system of internalised structures, schemes of perception, conception, and action common to all members of the same group or class” (p. 86).

What is meant by linguistic capital? ›

Linguistic capital refers to “the legitimate competence” in a language as is established by dominant groups, which goes beyond general linguistic proficiency to cultural resources, such as discourse conventions and social norms/values (Bourdieu, 2000, p. 474).

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The variety of English with the largest number of native speakers is American English, with 225 million native speakers. The other major varieties of English are Canadian English, Australian English, New Zealand English, South African English and Indian English.

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The Marxist sociologist Pierre Bourdieu is the theorist most closely associated with developing the concept of cultural capital and applying it to education. Bourdieu argued that each class has its own cultural framework, or set of norms, values and ideas which he calls the habitus.

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Definition of habitus

: habit specifically : body build and constitution especially as related to predisposition to disease.

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Linguistic capital also refers to student ability to work within different language registers and communication styles and to utilize various social skills within a variety of contexts. By learning about students' linguistic assets, learning experiences can be planned to highlight these assets.

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He states that cultural capital is made up of familiarity with the dominant culture in a society, and especially the ability to understand and use educated language (Bourdieu, 1977b).

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Societal level examples of social capital include when someone opens a door for someone, returns a lost item to a stranger, gives someone directions, loans something without a contract, and any other beneficial interaction between people, even if they don't know each other.

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Six advantages of linguistic diversity in the workplace.
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In the former, language is viewed as having no power of its own and yet can produce influence and control by revealing the power behind the speaker. Language also reflects the collective/historical power of the language community that uses it.

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The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

Throughout his career, Bourdieu challenged the commonly held view that symbolic power—the power to dominate—is solely symbolic. He emphasized that symbolic power helps create and maintain social hierarchies, which form the very bedrock of political life.

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Linguistic capital also refers to student ability to work within different language registers and communication styles and to utilize various social skills within a variety of contexts. By learning about students' linguistic assets, learning experiences can be planned to highlight these assets.

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Resistance Capital: These are skills a person develops while being part of a community that actively challenges inequality and oppression. An example of this is Malala Yousafzai. Having grown up under the Taliban regime, Malala's Resistance Capital is considerable, as she has shown the world on many occasions.

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Is Bourdieu a Marxist? ›

The Marxist sociologist Pierre Bourdieu is the theorist most closely associated with developing the concept of cultural capital and applying it to education. Bourdieu argued that each class has its own cultural framework, or set of norms, values and ideas which he calls the habitus.

What is Bourdieu's theory of practice? ›

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Why is Bourdieu important? ›

The French social Pierre Bourdieu became known as a key sociologist of education from the 1970s, contributing seminal books and articles to the 'new' sociology of education, which focuses on knowledge formation in the classroom and institutional relations.

Bourdieu’s model of linguistic production and circulation, based on the existence of a unified linguistic market and a legitimate language, led Woolard (1985) to question its suitability to account for the actual language variation in speech documented by sociolinguists “within even the most homog...

Bourdieu’s model of linguistic production and circulation, based on the existence of a unified linguistic market and a legitimate language, led Woolard (1985) to question its suitability to account for the actual language variation in speech documented by sociolinguists “within even the most homogenous of societies” (p. 738).. In other words, she underlines that Bourdieu does not seem to account for the production of alternative practices other than those which become legitimate within a unified linguistic market: Bourdieu does not look “adequately at the social relations within vernacular communities that give rise to the production of ‘illegitimate’ forms of speech.. Linguistic practices which become legitimate and represent the tenors of an almost unified linguistic market are so in comparison to illegitimate practices.. As Woolard (1985, p. 743) correctly points out, an essential aspect that Bourdieu does mention is that a unified market will never be completely unified: “the unification of the market is never so complete as to prevent dominated individuals from finding … markets where the laws of price formation which apply to more formal markets are suspended” (LSP, p. 71).. While these notions are not used in a particularly consistent manner, still focusing primarily on how individuals can disregard the rules and laws of price formation of the relatively unified linguistic market as well as produce other linguistic practices without being sanctioned, the author does change his position on the production of illegitimate linguistic practices.. A ‘free’ or ‘internal’ market becomes thus the market where illegitimate linguistic practices are produced.. The assertion of linguistic counter-legitimacy and, by the same token, the production of discourse based on a more or less deliberate disregard of the conventions and properties of dominant markets, are only possible within the limits of free markets, governed by their own laws of price formation, that is, in spaces that belong to the dominated classes, haunts or refuges for excluded individuals, at least symbolically and for the accredited holders of the social and linguistic competence which is recognised. Thus, rather than understanding the ‘free’ markets as pertaining to a vertical model in terms of degrees of tension and censorship in relation to the relatively unified market, it may be useful to imagine a horizontal model, which has a relatively unified linguistic market and submarkets.. It can be argued that if there is a relatively unified linguistic market, i.e., that all agents recognise particular linguistic practices as the dominant ones, according to which all other linguistic practices are measured against, then the variation, the different utterances are produced, reproduced, and negotiated at a sublevel, on submarkets.. On the one hand, the production of such practices automatically involves a multiplicity of linguistic markets; if a context is characterised by the existence of a relatively unified linguistic market, then illegitimate linguistic practices appear on alternative markets.. Also, particularly in heterogenous linguistic contexts characterised as ‘multilingual’ or ‘diglossic’ due to different socio-historical process, such as political occupation or migration, according to the power relations present in a particular social space, what represents at one point the unified linguistic market with a legitimate language will not necessarily be reproduced as such forever – power struggles between the unified market and a specific submarket characterised by sufficient symbolic power can take place, and in time, this can lead to a shift between the two markets (the former legitimate mode of expression may become the legitimate mode of expression on a linguistic submarket, while what was before the legitimate mode on a submarket, might become the legitimate mode on an emerging unified market in the same social space).

The relationship between the linguistic market of the home and the linguistic market of Cardiff

While the previous section focused on the relationship between the linguistic market of the parents’. society of origin and the linguistic market of the Cardiff-based home, this section examines the. relationship between the linguistic market of the home and the relatively unified linguistic market of. Cardiff.. The previous section posed the linguistic market of the home of second-generation agents as a. primarily bounded one, functioning under similar rules and laws of price formation of the linguistic. markets under which the linguistic habitus of the mothers had developed before resettlement.. More specifically, reading the concept of. habitus as a set of dispositions that internalizes all its interactions with the markets may prove highly. useful in understanding the development of the linguistic habitus of the mothers and the. implications this has for the constitution of the linguistic market of the home, and thus, the. development of the linguistic habitus of second-generation migrant agents.. A linguistic habitus that matches the. conditions of a certain market allows the agent, on the one hand, to be a consumer of other agents’. linguistic practices (i.e. to evaluate, appreciate or sanction such practices as legitimate or illegitimate. in light of the norms of that market, as well as according to the power relations between the. interlocutors); on the other hand, such linguistic habitus enables the agent to function as a producer. of linguistic practices that are, in turn, evaluated by the other members of the linguistic market.. Therefore, the linguistic market of the home cannot be conceptualized as a bounded linguistic. market, constituted solely as the small-scale reproduction of the linguistic market of the parents’. It. may now be argued that as the mothers’ habitus internalize the imbalanced power relation between. the two markets, these symbolically powerful agents (in the field of family) validate within the. linguistic submarket of the home linguistic practices with Arabic, Somali, Bengali, Urdu and Punjabi. in opposition to the external legitimation of the English language.

The term of linguistic capital was coined in the 90s of the 20th century by Pierre Bourdieu, a French social philosopher whose output includes studies in education, culture, art and language. Michel James Grenfell in his recent book Bourdieu, language and linguistics (2011) calls him a ‘public inte...

Bourdieu (1990:114) used the concept of linguistic capital to define a specific form of embodied cultural capital which, in this case is understood as the mastery of and relation to language.. The habitatus, roughly speaking, plays the role of a linguistic market which assigns specific meanings to particular uses of language.. Through a use of the legitimate language, that is the language which fits the linguistic market, its producer can exercise their social competence which is a marker of their social power and a tool to impose their authority and have things done.. In the case of cultural capital accumulated cultural knowledge acts as a source of power and status differentiating its producers while the differentiating power of linguistic capital results from the ability of its source, a discourse producer, to use right words, grammar, register, tone, body language, that is all means of verbal and non-verbal communication so as to speak to the point, in a manner that fits the situation and follows the communication scripts proper to it, and serves to have the communication objectives achieved.. The linguistic market which functions as a factor structuring social relations and defining them in terms of status, power and action (who can achieve what), assigns a certain value to the types of language and discourses available to the speaker who should choose from their repertoire those ones whose market price is the highest.. Soft power serves to generates social capital, the intangibles, in two forms, bonding and bridging, both of which are built by means of interpersonal social relations.. Intercultural interpersonal relations are a source of cultural bridging capital which is created by the potential of differences among individuals who are able to transgress the challenge of the difference and create new ties to work together.. Communicative competence, and especially intercultural communicative competence, are practical tools with which to create at a potential communicator the ability to act as a resource of linguistic capital which, in post-modern societies is deeply rooted in bonding and bridging capitals as neither institutions nor individuals can exist on their own and primarily global relations decide about their market position and worth.. is direct and overt in the case of Pierre Bourdieu’s linguistic capital and implied when Robert Putman’s concept of social capital of bonding and bridging type are considered.

Linguistic markets and linguistic submarkets

As Woolard (1985, p. 743) correctly points out, an essential aspect that Bourdieu does mention is. that a unified market will never be completely unified: “the unification of the market is never so. complete as to prevent dominated individuals from finding … markets where the laws of price. formation which apply to more formal markets are suspended” (LSP, p. 71).. While. these notions are not used in a particularly consistent manner, still focusing primarily on how. individuals can disregard the rules and laws of price formation of the relatively unified linguistic. market as well as produce other linguistic practices without being sanctioned, the author does. change his position on the production of illegitimate linguistic practices.. It can be argued that if there is a relatively unified linguistic market, i.e., that all agents recognise particular. linguistic practices as the dominant ones, according to which all other linguistic practices are. measured against, then the variation, the different utterances are produced, reproduced, and. negotiated at a sublevel, on submarkets.. On the one hand, the. production of such practices automatically involves a multiplicity of linguistic markets; if a context is. characterised by the existence of a relatively unified linguistic market, then illegitimate linguistic. practices appear on alternative markets.. 65. Also, particularly in heterogenous linguistic contexts characterised as ‘multilingual’ or ‘diglossic’ due to. different socio-historical process, such as political occupation or migration, according to the power relations. present in a particular social space, what represents at one point the unified linguistic market with a legitimate. language will not necessarily be reproduced as such forever – power struggles between the unified market and. a specific submarket characterised by sufficient symbolic power can take place, and in time, this can lead to a. shift between the two markets (the former legitimate mode of expression may become the legitimate mode of. expression on a linguistic submarket, while what was before the legitimate mode on a submarket, might. become the legitimate mode on an emerging unified market in the same social space).

Linguistic habitus and multilingualism - Bourdieu and language

Although. her approach is very close to Bourdieu’s own conceptualization of habitus in terms of his focus on. the social trajectory of the individual agent, the history of fields within which such habitus is. developed as well as the power relations present within and among those fields, Meylaerts’ (2008). own terminology and understanding of the Bourdieusian concept of habitus renders her ideas. significantly different from what she seems to intend.. A completely different approach to multilingualism that can throw some light on the integrity of the. linguistic habitus is the sociolinguistic notion of verbal or linguistic repertoires68 (Gumperz 1964).. 68. verbal repertoire is akin to the reading of the linguistic habitus postulated so far, in regard to its. wholeness (see 2.2.2.2).. In conjunction with an understanding of the. linguistic habitus as generative (see 2.2.2.2) and as a whole, the notion of submarket allows for a. nuanced exploration of the linguistic trajectory of an agent within highly heterogeneous social. structures, underscoring the power relations within and, most importantly, among the multiple. linguistic markets that the agent is part of.. this definition, the notion of ‘multilingual linguistic practices’ refers to the array of possible products. of such a linguistic habitus.. While substantial research has been carried out with reference to the. two languages and the relationship between them, there is little research with respect to the. linguistic practices of second-generation multilingual immigrant agents in this context.. The present. study aims to explore the conditions under which the second generation can produce multilingual. linguistic practices, with a primary focus on linguistic practices with non-autochthonous minority. languages.. First, given its conceptual tools and its methodological relationalism, the Bourdieusian theoretical. model can account for the production of linguistic practices by shifting away from a synchronic. micro-analysis of linguistic practices and focusing instead on the socio-historically embedded. processes which lead to the construction of relatively unified linguistic markets, the legitimacy of. certain modes of expression, and the development of a linguistic habitus which responds to such. conditions.. So far I have tried to show that in order to. account for the production of multilingual practices in a context where a relatively unified linguistic. market prevails, it may be useful to introduce the notion of ‘linguistic submarket’ in order to. understand how illegitimate practices are produced and validated (see 2.2.3).. In light of the proposed extension of the Bourdieusian model, when trying to explore the possibilities. of production and reproduction of linguistic practices of second-generation multilingual immigrant. agents with non-autochthonous minority languages in the context of Cardiff, the focus is laid on the. relationship between the linguistic habitus of the interviewees and the linguistic markets and. submarkets according to which their habitus has developed and functions.

The functioning of the linguistic market of the home

Similarly, the mothers of Ahmed, Faiza, Bilal and Aisha had their linguistic habitus adapted to the. complex linguistic market of Pakistan:. What. the mother does is to reproduce inside the Cardiff-based home (which can be understood as a field. of a particular family, with its specific hierarchy, roles, and amounts of capital and symbolic power). similar conditions of price formation to the ones valid in the original linguistic market according to. which her linguistic habitus used to be adapted.In other words, through her symbolically powerful. role in the family, she creates mechanisms of validation for her own linguistic capital.. In other words, similarly to. Erel’s findings (2010), in many cases these agents did not rely on symbolically powerful institutions. which could have rendered their linguistic practices legitimate at the level of an entire unified. linguistic market242.. On the other hand, when the linguistic market of the society of origin is more. complex, it becomes apparent that the mothers reproduce similar linguistic hierarchies that are. While. they had gained employment, as seen in some of the comments in section 5.1.1.1 their linguistic habitus had. not yet adjusted perfectly to the rules and laws of price formation of the linguistic market of Cardiff – while. they recognised linguistic practices with English as legitimate, they may not have yet been able to also fluently. produce linguistic practices with English.. These are the only two women who have been in paid employment and whose linguistic. habitus was already adapted to the conditions of the linguistic market of Cardiff before their children. started attending school.. Sonia reveals above that Punjabi used to be the. legitimate language of her linguistic market of the home in Pakistan; however, in the linguistic. market of the home in Cardiff, she reproduces linguistic practices with Urdu, the language associated. with the elite in Pakistan.. Furthermore, this linguistic market of the home is also quite complex given. that, similarly to Ahmed’s mother, in her interactions with her husband, his parents and extended. family, Sonia used to produce linguistic practices with Punjabi, Urdu, and English:

Summary

And in third place I shall be looking at. Euskera and its market, in terms of linguistic practice in the world of production and. work, and the market specifically for Euskera, that is, the products of the linguistic and. cultural industry associated with Euskera/Basque.. Language, institution and market of linguistic exchanges. It. is during the constitution of the State that the conditions for the creation of a unified. linguistic market are created, dominated by the official language: obligatory on official. occasions, and in official places (schools, public administration, political institutions,. etc.. It is political. intervention (political economy of the language) that constitutes a unified linguistic. market, and in the case of multilingualism a linguistic hierarchy.. Euskera in the. Basque Country had been losing ground as a medium of communication (communicative. function) (3) for quite a few decades, ceding. territory before the advance of other languages, with the percentage of speakers of Basque. out of the total population steadily dropping, disappearing or decreasing its use in. particular social settings, etc.. Three social. manifestations emerged as the most important in the raising of awareness of the language's. loss of communicative function and of the need to recover this which occurred during. Franco's time.. The Euskera language had not been granted admittance to the educative system and,. on occasions, the educational system had become a powerful instrument in the repression. of the language's use both in the school and in the social sphere.. The primary objective. here was the foundation of ikastolas for the. teaching of Basque outside the state schools and private schools.. Fostered by these two social ambits, the family and the. church, and marginalized by the school system and official politics, Euskera transmitted a. particular codification of Basque cultural identity, that is to say, the Euskaldun culture (to use the Basque term) and the. collective identity that sank its roots into that culture.

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