Performativity and language studies

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dc.contributor.author Pennycook, Alastair en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:39:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:39:54Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier 2004001842 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Pennycook Alastair 2004, 'Performativity and language studies', Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-19. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1542-7587 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5613
dc.description.abstract Drawing analogies with the crisis in understandings of culture that led to the development of cultural studies, I suggest in this article that a similar crisis in the understanding of language may give an important impetus to the development of language studies. Arguing for the need to rethink the notion of language as commonly formulated in linguistics and applied linguistics, I take up the notion of performativity as a way of thinking about language use and identity that avoids foundationalist categories, suggesting that identities are formed in the linguistic performance rather than pregiven. Such a view of language identity also helps us to see how subjectivities are called into being and sedimented over time through regulated language acts. This further provides the ground for considering languages themselves from an anti-foundationalist perspective, whereby language use is an act of identity that calls that language into being. And performativity, particularly in its relationship to notions of performance, opens up ways to understand how languages, identities and futures are refashioned. en_US
dc.publisher Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc en_US
dc.title Performativity and language studies en_US
dc.parent Critical Inquiry in Language Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 1 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation New Jersey, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 19 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Education Group en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200300 en_US
dc.personcode 990354 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Language Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
dc.staffid 990354 en_US


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