In recent years, ethnic ways of speaking by young people with migrant background have become an important research object in sociolinguistics; work on these ways of speaking has been prospering in many European countries. This work is continued in the present volume, with the aim of bringing together various research designs which explore the phenomenon from different perspectives: correlational methodology of sociolinguistic research, conversation analytical and interactional linguistic methodology, and an ethnographic perspective on language use and the construction of social identities and social relations. The aim of the volume is to explore the scope of these different methodologies and to provide a basis for the discussion and evaluation of the theories of language variation associated with them. All papers focus on the description of the linguistic characteristics that constitute the non-standard structures of ethnic styles of speaking, and look into their various functions in discourse.
1. Introduction (by Kern, Friederike); 2. The emergence and diffusion of Multicultural English (by Fox, Sue); 3. Kiezdeutsch as a multiethnolect (by Freywald, Ulrike); 4. Prosodic style-shifting in preadolescent peer-group interactions in a working-class suburb of Paris (by Fagyal, Zsuzsanna); 5. Emerging Moroccan and Turkish varieties of Dutch: Ethnolects or ethnic styles? (by Hinskens, Frans L.); 6. Prosody and unit-construction in an ethnic style: The case of Turkish German and its use and function in conversation (by Selting, Margret); 7. Rhythm in Turkish German talk-in-interaction (by Kern, Friederike); 8. Constructions with Turkish sey and its German equivalent dings in Turkish-German conversations: sey and dings in Turkish-German (by Simsek, Yazgul); 9. Joint attention and cooperation in the Swedish of adolescents in multilingual settings: The use of san 'such' and sahar 'like' (by Ekberg, Lena); 10. Linguistic variation and linguistic virtuosity of young "Ghetto"-migrants in Mannheim, Germany (by Keim, Inken); 11. Late modern youth style in interaction (by Madsen, Lian Malai); 12. Developing multiethnic youth language in Helsinki (by Lehtonen, Heini); 13. Index