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ERIC Number: EJ1045348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
How to Talk about Languages: The Venues Metaphor
O'Driscoll, Jim
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v32 n5 p601-625 Jun 2013
This paper advocates a new perspective on languages. It begins by demonstrating that, the occasional disavowals of sociolinguists notwithstanding, the lens through which we in the 21st century, both specialists and laypeople, view languages is predominantly biological. It then suggests that this biological metaphor is conceptually unhelpful and potentially socially deleterious. The bulk of the paper presents and explores the metaphor of social venues as a more productive and empowering alternative: the presentation is through the example of language choice in multilingual settings; the exploration touches on a range of language contact and macro-sociolinguistic phenomena.
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