The scalar diversity in the Turkish heritage language
The scalar diversity in the Turkish heritage language classroom
1 Bogazici University
In the context of an increasingly expanding body of literature on scalar analyses of linguistic practices, this paper turns the gaze to a highly advanced level Turkish heritage language classroom at a Gymnasium in central Berlin and focuses on a 10th grade student in his linguistic identity construction. Based on the findings from linguistic ethnographic analyses of in-depth interviews and recordings of classroom interactions, the paper discusses two different scales that seem to play prominent roles in the student’s construction of linguistic identity: the neo-conservative transnational scale and the contemporary urban middle-class Turkey-Turkish scale. The analysis depicts how these scales are constructed in interactions through various linguistic resources.