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Language, Identity and Migration

Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities


Vera Regan, Chloé Diskin and Jennifer Martyn

This volume presents a collection of the latest scholarly research on language, migration and identity. In a globalised world where migratory patterns are in constant flux, the traditional notion of the ‘immigrant’ has shifted to include more fluid perspectives of the migrant as a transnational and the language learner as a complex individual possessing a range of dynamic social and contextual identities. This book presents a variety of studies of transnational speakers and communities. It includes research conducted within both established and emerging methodological traditions and frameworks and explores a wide range of contexts and geographical locations, from the multilingual language classroom to the migrant experience, and from Ireland to Eritrea.

This book was published with the generous support of the National University of Ireland Publications Scheme.
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4 Age and Identity


This chapter considers the relationship between age and identity in language learning, particularly in the migrant context. Exploring concepts such as the linguistico-cultural identity of the learner and the ethnolinguistic vitality of the L2 community, Agni Skrzypek and David Singleton describe the complexity and multidimensionality of the age factor in Second Language Acquisition research.

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