GESF - Multilingualism Seminar Series
Dr. Ana María Relaño Pastor
4.02, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA
“DE PIOJOS A PIJOS”: Narritive circularity, disputed transformations and bilingual appropriations at a public school 'somewhere in La Mancha'
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Modern Philology (English Studies), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain.
This presentation discusses the narratives of bilingualism shared by members of a school community in La Mancha, whose prestige has been disputed, transformed and eventually socially accepted as competitively eligible in the global market for over a decade. The proliferation of Spanish/English bilingual programs in the region of Castilla-La Mancha is now a well-established phenomenon contemplated in the ‘Plan Integral de Plurilingüismo’ (Integral Plurilingualism Plan), amended and approved in the region in January 2014. The school under study has pioneered its current bilingual program through the MEC/British Bilingual Projects agreement signed in 1996 and fully implemented in 2000. For over a decade, the narratives about the bilingual character of this school have transformed the school community from a ‘piojos (lice) school’ to a ‘pijos (posh) one’. In this presentation I will discuss narrative data from the ongoing linguistic ethnography conducted at this public school, which will be analyzed following the multidimensional approach of narrative analysis proposed by Ochs and Capps (2001) combined with the latest research on narrative as social practice (De Fina, 2008; De Fina and Georgakopoulou, 2008a, 2008b, 2012) with a focus on the moral positioning-s and stancetaking resources that emerge in these narratives.