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An Introduction to Multilingualism

Language in a Changing World

Florian Coulmas

December 2017

ISBN: 9780198791119

352 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Price: £19.99

This book offers an introduction to the many facets of multilingualism in a changing world, bringing in approaches from linguistics, sociology, history, political philosophy, and psychology. It provides the basic tools to analyse different kinds of multilingualism, and suggests questions and problems for discussion at the end of each chapter.

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This book offers an introduction to the many facets of multilingualism in a changing world, bringing in approaches from linguistics, sociology, history, political philosophy, and psychology. It provides the basic tools to analyse different kinds of multilingualism, and suggests questions and problems for discussion at the end of each chapter.

  • Explores both current and historical issues surrounding multilingualism in different contexts across the world
  • Provides the tools to analyse different kinds of multilingualism at the individual level and across society
  • Offers questions for discussion and suggested further reading
  • Introduces the reader to the psychological, sociological, and political dimensions of multilingualism

About the Author(s)

Florian Coulmas, Senior Professor, IN-EAST Institute, University of Duisberg-Essen

Florian Coulmas is Senior Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Duisberg-Essen University. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Georgetown University, Chuo University Tokyo, and the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics. From 2004 to 2014 he served as Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. His publications include The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems (Blackwell, 1999), Writing and Society (CUP, 2014), and Guardians of Language (OUP, 2016).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1: The polyphonic world
    2: Multilingualism is...: Twenty definitions - and more
    3: Descriptive and theoretical concepts
    4: Power, inequality, and language
    5: The polyglot individual
    6: Multilingual (international) institutions
    7: Talk of the town: Language in super-diverse cities
    8: Multilingual (multiethnic) countries
    9: Diversity in cyberspace: The multilingual Internet
    10: Integration and separation: Language
    11: Integration and separation: Society
    12: Research methods for investigating multilingualism
    References

Reviews

"A tour de force. The book includes discussions of all the latest trends, such as multilingualism on the internet and urban youth language, and weaves them seamlessly into existing research traditions. It covers a whole gamut of social and individual aspects of the subject with clarity, erudition, and panache. It is a first-class teaching tool, offering relevant discussion points after each chapter. Above all, it is a pleasure to read." - Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Birkbeck, University of London

"Florian Coulmas offers a fresh perspective on multilingualism that sets a new standard for an introductory text on the topic. Its coverage is impressive, with fascinating examples from a wide range of spheres, demonstrating vividly the dynamic nature of the multilingual phenomena. It will attract generations of new researchers to the topic and put them on the right track." - Li Wei, University College London