A sociolinguistics of the utopian and the use of language in classrooms

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  • Jesper Hermann
The notion of the Utopian use of language in classrooms was developed and applied as a theoretical tool during the empirical study of language in classrooms. It is claimed that a notion like this may turn out to be particularly profitable when the purpose is to interpret and characterize the content and consequences of a certain use of language. It enables us to present the results of the interpretation in a form that facilitates the proposal of alternative ways of using language by the persons involved - in this case, by the teachers. A sample from the interpretations is presented, and the conclusion is ventured that it is necessary to anchor the sociolinguistic descriptions of actual language use in a sociological conception of the relevant social praxis - in our case taken from the sociology of education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)299-304
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1979

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