Youth Multilingualism and Popular Culture Interactions at His People Pentecostal Church
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Youth multilingualism is an overarching notion that accounts for the dynamic macroand micro-linguistic practices and interactions in contexts and spaces redefined by cultural practices. It makes contributions to interactional sociolinguistic research, by centring around young multilingual speaker's practices, with a focus on creativity, identity and community of practice. This study demonstrates how youth multilingualism emerges in interactions in a religious youth group. For the purpose of this study, I collected interactional data from two youth groups belonging to His People Pentecostal Church that reflects the use of language by young people while taking into account their gender and race. The data was collected by means of audio recordings that focused specifically on the young multilingual speakers' naturally occurring talk. I made use of conversational analysis and stylization as an interlinked framework to analyse the collected data. Furthermore, this study also made use of interviews to further investigate language, gender and race at the church through the eyes of both the youth leaders and the youth members. Finally, in this project, I argue that in terms of language use, there is a large discrepancy between the two youth groups and how they stylize their multilingualism.