Linguistic Capital

Linguistic capital, a term created by philosopher Pierre Bourdieu, is described as a ‘cultural capital’, that is, it is ‘inherited or acquired over time, not transferable and influences one’s habitus’. It is associated with speech, language and accent and how this is perceived by oneself and others, where power and influence are attributed according to the ‘legitimacy’ of a language. It is about an individual’s capacity to present themselves and their ideas, based on their cultural background, whilst at the same time being assessed, subconsciously or otherwise, by virtue of how they speak, write, and what kind of language they use, by those with whom they communicate, for example, the use of English and the variety of accents in global English-speakers allows them to be identified in a certain way, such as ethnic or national origin. ( 25.02.2016)

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