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2018 | 66 | 11: Anglica | 113-130
Article title

On-Screen ‘Othering’ of Bilingual Speakers: Being Bilingual in English and an Asian Indian Language

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Ekranowa „inność” dwujęzycznych postaci. Między angielskim a językami Indii — doświadczenie dwujęzyczności
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Analyses of bilinguals’ speech patterns and related cultural stereotypes as portrayed in films have become relatively frequent in recent years. This paper focuses on the nature and amount of ‘linguistic space’ provided by the film industry for the sociolinguistic presence of the ‘Other’ in bilingual contexts. It represents an analysis of films in which bilingual characters (in English and one of Asian Indian languages*) are presented. The analysis focuses on on-screen produced stereotypes about such bilinguals, immigrants’ struggles to assimilate to the English-dominant cultural and linguistic context, and patterns of code-switching between English and Asian Indian languages, i.e., contexts of usage of the two languages. The first part of the analysis focuses on identifying patterns of recurring topics in the analyzed films as they are connected with different aspects of negotiating the identity of bilinguals in English and one of Asian Indian languages. Topics related to the conflict between homeland nostalgia and traditional values upheld by first-generation immigrants and a more noticeable cultural assimilation among second- and third-generation immigrants are reflected in the extent of linguistic assimilation among different generations of immigrants. The second part of the analysis focuses on instances of code-switching, i.e., specific contexts in which English and Asian Indian languages are used, as well as factors that contribute to such instances of code-switching. Sociolinguistic analyses of the portrayal of bilinguals in English and one of Asian Indian languages in film production might partially explain the nature of stereotypes about such bilingual speakers.
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Analiza wzorów mowy osób dwujęzycznych oraz powiązanych z nimi kulturowych stereotypów obecnych w kinie jest stosunkowo nową dziedziną badań. Artykuł koncentruje się na naturze oraz zakresie „przestrzeni językowej”, jaką przemysł kinematograficzny może dostarczyć studiom socjolingwistycznym w zakresie analizy obecności „Innego” w kontekście dwujęzyczności. Artykuł analizuje filmy, w których występują dwujęzyczne postaci, posługujące się językiem angielskim oraz jednym z języków Indii używanym w kontekście pozaindyjskim*. Analiza skupia się na sposobie, w jaki filmowe reprezentacje wytwarzają stereotypy dotyczące osób dwujęzycznych w kulturze anglojęzycznej, takich jak trudności asymilacyjne w kulturze anglojęzycznej oraz wzorce zmiany kodu językowego między językiem angielskim a językami Indii. Pierwsza część analizy skupia się na filmowych reprezentacjach sposobów, w jakie osoby o pochodzeniu indoazjatyckim negocjują swoją dwujęzyczną tożsamość; jej celem jest identyfikacja motywów powielanych w kolejnych filmowych produkcjach. Zakres językowej asymilacji odzwierciedla bariera pokoleniowa: podczas gdy pierwsze pokolenie imigrantów cechuje nostalgia za ojczyzną oraz tradycyjnymi wartościami, drugie oraz trzecie pokolenie charakteryzuje zauważalna kulturowa asymilacja. Druga część analizy poświęcona jest zmianom kodu językowego: bada kontekst, w którym używany jest język angielski oraz okoliczności użycia języków Indii, a także analizuje czynniki mające wpływ na zmianę kodu. Socjolingwistyczna analiza filmowych reprezentacji osób dwujęzycznych o korzeniach indyjskich może przyczynić się do wyjaśnienia podłoża stereotypów na temat tej grupy osób.
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66
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113-130
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  • University of Zadar
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