The rhetoric of translingualism

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Keith Gilyard's contribution offers a bracing response to the symposium and the larger body of work identified with "translingual." Identifying the emergence of translingual perspectives with a long tradition in composition (and beyond) combating monolingualist ideology, he cautions against temptations to turn translingual theory's insistence on difference as the norm of language practice into a flattening of all difference through abstraction that elides the negotiation of differences in power from communicative practice, a removal that would lead to overlooking which differences in language have what effects on whom. Gilyard's response and this symposium as a whole show how "translingualism" can, might, and needs to be always put to work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-289
Number of pages6
JournalCollege English
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics


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