Transglossia and Films: Sense of Affiliation

  • Sender Dovchin
  • Alastair Pennycook
  • Shaila Sultana
Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)


This chapter looks at the transglossic practices of young adults as they relocalize varied filmic modes and linguistic resources within their daily linguistic practices. The speakers engage in ‘filmic speaking’, from young Mongolians producing Japanese ‘samurai’ style talking, to young Bangladeshi adults use a variety of means in written online environments to recreate ‘filmic’ ways of interacting from Hindi and Bangla films. This chapter also addresses questions of affiliation, arguing that popular culture engagement does not necessarily suggest any particular attachment to a cultural form or its purveyors but may equally derive from a more general circulation of cultural knowledge. This in turn can work in complex ways in relation to class and other forms of social organization. The apparent youth group affiliation negotiated with the use of filmic resources (and this applies across popular cultural genres more generally) cannot be assumed to be bilateral (certain groups of people are necessarily into certain forms of popular culture), but rather needs to be understood in relation to more diverse forms of desire and identification.


Transglossia Films Sense of affiliation Filmic speaking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sender Dovchin
    • 1
  • Alastair Pennycook
    • 2
  • Shaila Sultana
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Language ResearchUniversity of AizuTsurugaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of Technology, SydneyUltimoAustralia
  3. 3.Department of English LanguageUniversity of DhakaDhakaBangladesh

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