The intersections of language differences and learning disabilities: Narratives in action

Taucia Gonzalez, Adai Tefera, Alfredo Artiles

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a critical synthesis of the literature on the intersections of language differences and learning disabilities (LD 1) using a sociocultural approach. Researchers have traditionally ignored the complex intertwining of these markers of differences. For this reason, we focus in this chapter on the growing population of emergent bilinguals 2 with LDs. We argue this population occupies a liminal space between language and ability differences, which is consequential because institutional practices can thrust emergent bilinguals into odd positions, sometimes stressing their language traits or needs; at other times, highlighting their disabilities. Emergent evidence suggests that living in this in-between space can sometimes limit these learners’ educational opportunities or create dilemmas, challenges, and/or puzzles for the research, practice, and policy communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages145-157
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317754466
ISBN (Print)9780415531306
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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