Justin Lewis
Translingualist Language Policy and Linguistic Difference: On the Tenability and Tenuousness of Translingual Approaches to Composition. Conference on Writing Education Across Borders. State College PA. October 1, 2011.
Publication year: 2011


Translingualism adopts a globalist – rather than internationalist — epistemology that more accurately reflects the subjectivity of networked, border-blurring hybridized identities – many of our identities.  Further, Translingualism argues against essentialist depictions of homogenized linguistic identity toward a treatment of language as “heterogeneous, fluid, and negotiable” and treats the subject as emergent – a singularity always in the act of becoming through negotiation of multiple linguistic codes, symbol systems, and rhetorical moves embedded in rich cultural contexts.  In this presentation, I consider those contexts and the tenability of adopting translingual language policy in our composition classrooms.