Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration (Advances in Sociolinguistics)

Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration (Advances in Sociolinguistics)

By: Jean Conacher (editor), Barbara Geraghty (editor), Jan Blommaert (contributor)Hardback

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At the heart of this volume lies an exploration of what actually happens to languages and their users when cultures come into contact. What actions do supra-national institutions, nation states, communities and individuals take in response to questions raised by the increasingly diverse forms of migration experienced in a globalized world? The volume reveals the profound impact that decisions made at national and international level can have on the lives of the individual migrant, language student, or speech community. Equally, it evaluates the broader ramifications of actions taken by migrant communities and individual language learners around issues of language learning, language maintenance and intercultural contact. Reflecting Jan Blommaert's assertion that in a world shaped by globalization, what is needed is `a theory of language in society... of changing language in a changing society', this volume argues that researchers must increasingly seek diverse methodological approaches if they are to do justice to the diversity of experience and response they encounter.

About Author

Barbara Geraghty is Lecturer in Japanese at the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, Ireland. Jean E Conacher is Senior Lecturer in German, at the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: Approaching migration, intercultural contact and language learning, Barbara Geraghty and Jean E Conacher Part 1: Migration and language contact 1. Migration and language management: The Jewish experience, Bernard Spolsky 2. Linguistic vitality and the Polish community in France, Vera Regan and Eweline Debaene 3. Language planners' cultural positioning strategies in joint negotiation of meaning, Patrick Studer Part 2: Language learning and cultural contact 4. Emergent new literacies and the mobile phone: Informal language learning, voice and identity in a South African township, Fie Velghe and Jan Blommaert 5. Attitudes towards and perceptions of English L2 acquisition among Polish migrants in Ireland, Agnieszka Skrzypek, Romana Kopeckova, Barbara Bidzinska and David Singleton 6. Face-to-face tandem language learning: A Zone of Proximal Development for intercultural competence?, Fionnuala Kennedy and Aine Furlong 7. E-portfolio self-assessment of intercultural communicative competence: Helping language learners to become autonomous intercultural speakers, Aleksandra Sudhershan Part 3: Migration and contact: Community and individual experience 8. Heterglossic becomings: Listening to and learning from our multiple voices, Julie Choi and David Nunan 9. The Catalan Nova Canco: Resistance and identity through song, Nuria Borrull 10. Wandering words: Reflections on ambivalent cultural belonging and the creative potential of linguistic multiplicity, Irmina van Niele Conclusion, Barbara Geraghty and Jean E Conacher Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781441189929
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781441189929
  • weight: 531
  • ISBN10: 1441189920

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