Words and images of multilingualism : A case study of two North Korean refugees
Park, N., & Dufva, H. (2018). Words and images of multilingualism : A case study of two North Korean refugees. Applied Linguistics Review, 9 (2-3), 421-448. doi:10.1515/applirev-2016-1066
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The article analyses the experience of multilingualism in the South Korean context, focusing on the experiences of North Korean refugees. The research participants (N=2) are originally from North Korea, but now live in South Korea, where they face challenges in their adaptation to the new society, its linguistic landscape and its practices and positions with regard to language issues in society and in education. By combining verbal and visual means of data collection, we aim to analyse the multilingual trajectory of the research participants, their experiences of different languages and language learning and, further, the emotions that are attached to these. Our approach is socio-cognitive in that we seek to show how individual experiences intertwine with and refract the particular societal contexts and their ideologies.