04.12.2012

Alia Amir

My name is Alia Amir and I am a Doctoral candidate at the Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University. I received my Masters degree in English Language and Literature from Peshawar University (Pakistan). In my Master’s thesis at the Linköping University, I looked at and compared three language policies in Pakistan from a discourse analytic perspective. The title of the thesis is “Chronicles of the English Language in Pakistan: A discourse analysis of milestones in the language policy of Pakistan”.

One of my research interests is multilingualism and its influence on macro-level language policies as well as micro-level local practices and, vice versa. My research for the doctoral dissertation draws heavily on everyday mundane experiences intertwined with practicalities and practices emerging from multilingualism and enacted language policies in institutional and social settings.

Currently I am looking at ESL (English as a Second Language) classrooms in Swedish schools with an ethnomethodological conversation analytic lens. My working title is “Language Policing: The co-construction of micro-level language policy in the English as a second language classroom”. Zooming in on the policies actually practiced, maintained and co constructed in a classroom, my ongoing research sheds light on the classroom community of practice and how they actually police each other who are “doing being bilingual”.