Chapter 7 Cognitive Migration through Language

Capturing Linguistic Movement and Barriers in Language Portraits

In: (Re)Mapping Migration and Education
Authors: Anna Becker and Cathryn Magno

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Using language portraits as an innovative, multimodal approach to investigate students’ biographies, this chapter captures cognitive migration through language and showcases multifaceted, heteroglossic linguistic repertoires. It argues that language is not only employed when migrating across physical space, but also on a cognitive or internal level within one’s body, connecting specific body parts with linguistic resources and experiences. Given the monolingual standards imposed by most education institutions, (minority language) speakers seldom have the possibility to express their multiple voices or (linguistic) identities fully and are therefore disadvantaged. Language portraits can help visualize everyone’s potential and increase understanding and appreciation of inclusive, equitable multilingual education without language hierarchies.