The semiotics of learning Korean at home: an ecological autoethnographic perspective

Christopher Joseph Jenks

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This autoethnographic study examines how I re-learn Korean in, and through, interactions with family members at home. The analysis, which is informed by language ecology and sociocultural concepts of development, shows how semiotic and human resources, including material objects and more proficient speakers, play a mediating role in how I deal with the social and linguistic challenges of re-learning Korean. My findings uncover how temporally displaced events are interconnected and demonstrate that language learning can follow a non-linear trajectory. The paper ends with a number of methodological observations regarding the benefits of investigating language learning from an ecological, autoethnographic perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-703
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • autoethnography
  • Korean
  • Language ecology
  • language learning
  • semiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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