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date: 21 February 2019

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This chapter examines the construction of symbolic language borders in educational settings in the United States that make salient particular features and characteristics of language that then function to include and exclude and classify individuals as belonging or not belonging to desirable and undesirable groups and categories. To illustrate this process, the chapter focuses on both accountability and symbolic/ideological borders and highlights the relatively recent notion of academic language, an imprecisely described emblem of personal competence now identified by many as essential for academic success. It concludes with a discussion of borderization struggles and disciplinary divides and their intersections with both symbolic and social boundaries.

Keywords: academic language, ideologies, borderization, symbolic borders, language

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