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Chronotopic Translanguaging and the Mobile Languaging Subject: Insights from an Algerian Academic Sojourner in the UK

Taibi, Hadjer and Badwan, Khawla ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1808-724X (2021) Chronotopic Translanguaging and the Mobile Languaging Subject: Insights from an Algerian Academic Sojourner in the UK. Multilingua: journal of cross-cultural and interlanguage communication. ISSN 0167-8507

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Abstract

This study discusses the impact of spatial, temporal and virtual mobility on how mobile individuals talk about language in their world, and how they use language offline and online to communicate over time and across space. We introduce the notion of chronotopic translanguaging to highlight the significance of merging time and place in sociolinguistics. Doing so, we present a rather stretched understanding of time to include references to real time, online compressed time, linguistic ideologies and practices carried over time and challenged in recent times, as well as understanding time as an ecological factor. We interviewed Ekram, an Algerian academic sojourner, and observed her Facebook profile before and after coming to the UK. Our findings suggest that the networked lives of the participant beget fluid translanguaging practices that are constantly (re)negotiated depending to the ecology of interaction. Through entering and existing multiple time-space frames, Ekram found herself reunited with communicative repertoires she has not used for years. She also developed new relationships with other repertoires. This study concludes by emphasising the usefulness of chronotopic translanguaging as a conceptual tool that permits, and accounts for, the time-place influence on how mobile individuals deploy their communicative repertoires.

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