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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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Aronin, Larissa; Jessner, Ulrike – AILA Review, 2014
Research methodology is determined by theoretical approaches. This article discusses methods of multilingualism research in connection with theoretical developments in linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and education. Taking a brief glance at the past, the article starts with a discussion of an issue underlying the choice of…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Research Methodology, Applied Linguistics, Trend Analysis
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Bruthiaux, Paul – AILA Review, 2009
In any discussion of multilingual Asia, caution is in order, for two reasons. One is that Asia is a vast land mass connecting variegated peoples cartographically but not sociologically. Second, describing and accounting for the sociolinguistic complexities of Asia (or anywhere else, for that matter) is history in the making in that, just like…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Models, Multilingualism
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de Bot, Kees – AILA Review, 2004
In this contribution developments in Applied Linguistics in Europe are linked to major social changes that have taken place over the last decades. These include: The decline of the USSR and the end of the cold war; The development of the EEC and the EU and fading of borders; The economic growth of Western Europe; Labor migration from the south to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Applied Linguistics, Social Change, Language Research