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H. Samy Alim, John R. Rickford, and Arnetha F. Ball

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625696.001.0001

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The Voicing of Asian American Figures

The Voicing of Asian American Figures

Korean Linguistic Styles at an Asian American Cram School

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(p.309) 17 The Voicing of Asian American Figures
Source:
Raciolinguistics
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Angela Reyes

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625696.003.0018

This chapter conceptualizes the link between language and race as one that interrogates the voicing of figures. My argument is built on two claims: to understand language is to understand how it gets linked to people; and to link language to people involves how images of people, or “figures of personhood,” are “voiced” or given recognizable qualities. I illustrate these ideas by drawing on ethnographic and discourse data of Korean American youth in an Asian American supplementary school in New York City, examining how social meanings of linguistic practices are mediated by circulating figures of racial personae. The analysis illustrates how these figures are mobilized to do interactional and ideological work in the classroom. Youth draw on recognizable figures of Koreanness to sort out the available ways to be identifiably Korean; locate themselves in this complex milieu; accomplish specific kinds of interactional work; and contribute to circulating racial ideologies.

Keywords:   voice, figure, Asian American, stereotype, racialization, discourse, authenticity, agency

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