The Consequences of Mobility: Linguistic and Sociocultural Contact Zones

Bent Preisler (Editor), Anne H. Fabricius (Editor), Hartmut Haberland (Editor), Susanne Kjærbeck (Editor), Karen Risager (Editor)

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    The book is an anthology of articles investigating – from within four different theoretical and methodological perspectives – the kinds of linguistic and sociocultural contacts brought about by internationalization and transnational migrations in the contemporary world. It includes topics such as the following, related to this general interdisciplinary objective: • Language use in social networks, with special reference to language contact in interpersonal relations and interactions, including codeswitching and other manifestations of the construction of sociocultural identities in face-to-face interaction • Language contact in society and in the world, and social hierarchies between languages: consequences of (mobility driven) language spread, and the ensuing processes of redefining linguistic differences and identities: language competition, language promotion and language discrimination • The complex relationship between language and culture: how can we envisage mobility and language spread across cultural areas without conceptualizing language as culturally neutral? (cp. the frequent conceptualization of English as culturally neutral) • Language contact in the individual: multiple language competencies and the idea of plurilingualism - in Europe and in the world • The concept of linguaculture/languaculture, and studies related to this concept. • Language and sociocultural identity: how can we address this issue thinking both of first languages and of languages functioning as second and foreign languages? • The concepts of first language (mother tongue), second language, foreign language, and lingua franca: how can we develop and refine these analytical concepts taking into consideration the complexities of language contacts and plurilingual competencies?
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde Universitetscenter
    PublisherInstitut for Sprog og Kultur
    Number of pages275
    ISBN (Electronic)87-7349-651-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Language identity
    • Internationalization
    • Culture policy

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