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Leppänen, Sirpa; Westinen, Elina – AILA Review, 2017
Focusing on a YouTube performance by an emergent Finnish Somali rapper and the audience responses it has generated, this paper looks at ways in which rap music engages with the issue of belonging. Drawing on recent theorizations of belonging as a multi-dimensional, contingent and fluid process, along with sociolinguistic work on globalization and…
Descriptors: Music, Video Technology, Intervention, Stranger Reactions
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Rojo, Luisa Martín; Portillo, Cristina – AILA Review, 2015
This paper draws attention to the ways in which spatial configurations operate as constitutive dimensions of sociolinguistic phenomena and vice versa; that is, the way in which communicative practices frame daily life and the broader urban reality. The paper presents an approach which integrates the study of Linguistic Landscapes, the dynamics of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Areas, Change, Sociolinguistics
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Cenoz, Jasone; Gorter, Durk – AILA Review, 2008
Research on minority languages is ordinarily not well known by speakers of "big" languages but it has focused on several areas of Applied Linguistics and it is relevant to many areas. This current volume of "AILA Review" features five articles. Each of the articles emphasizes some aspects of research, depending on the recent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Applied Linguistics, Language Minorities, Language Usage