Introducing Multilingualism: A Social Approach

Introducing Multilingualism: A Social Approach

By: Jean Jacques Weber (author), Kristine Horner (author)Paperback

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Introducing Multilingualism is a brand new, comprehensive and user-friendly introduction to the dynamic field of multilingualism. Adopting a compelling social and critical approach, Jean-Jacques Weber and Kristine Horner guide readers through the established theories about multilingualism. The book covers language as a social construct, language contact and variation, language and identity and the differences between individual and societal multilingualism. The authors also provide an alternative approach to studying multilingualism, introducing innovative concepts such as flexible multilingualism and literacy bridge in order to encourage students to critically question dominant discourses on topics such as integration, heritage and language testing. This highly practical textbook incorporates a wide range of engaging activities and encourages students to think critically about important social and educational issues. Throughout, the theoretical content is explored through a wide range of case studies from around the world. Clearly argued and widely applicable, this book is essential reading for undergraduate students and postgraduate students new to studying multilingualism.

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Jean-Jacques Weber is Professor of English and Education at the University of Luxembourg. Kristine Horner is Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies at the University of Sheffield.


Part I 1. Introduction 2. Theoretical and methodological framework Part II: Multilingualism within and across languages 3. What is a language? 4. Language variation and the spread of global languages 5. Revitalization of endangered languages Part III: Societal and individual multilingualism 6. Societal multilingualism 7. Language and identities 8. The interplay between individual and societal multilingualism Part IV: Multilingual education 9. Flexible vs fixed multilingualism 10. Mother tongue education or literacy bridges? 11. Heritage language education Part V: Critical analysis of discourses 12. Institutional discourses on language and migration 13. Media representations of multilingualism 14. Linguistic landscape Part VI: Conclusion Notes on the Activities Author Index Subject Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/01/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780415609975
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780415609975
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 0415609976

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