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Strand, Thea R. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
In rural Valdres, Norway, the traditional regional dialect, called Valdresmål, has become an important resource for popular style and local development projects. Stigmatized through much of the twentieth century for its association with poor, rural, "backward" farmers and culture, Valdresmål has been thoroughly revalorized, with…
Descriptors: Norwegian, Rural Areas, Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries
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McLeod, Wilson – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
The Gaelic language in Scotland presents a useful case study for the conceptualisation of minority languages. A key issue has been the extent to which Gaelic is understood as belonging to a discrete minority within Scotland and a bounded territory in the northwest of the country, or as a national language of significance to all of Scotland. Using…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Indo European Languages, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance
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Viaut, Alain – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
The notion of "linguistic minority" not only incorporates the concept of group but also serves to define that group. Yet the relation between language and group can be considered in various ways. The primary function of language being that of communication, this will necessarily play a key role in defining the contours of any group whose…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Language Minorities, Correlation, Native Language
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Williams-van Klinken, Catharina; Hajek, John – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
Tetun Dili, an Austronesian language spoken in East Timor, was until 1999 primarily an oral language of intercultural communication. Since the 1999 vote on independence from Indonesia, Tetun Dili has become the dominant language of public life, including the government, education and the media, as well as becoming an official language alongside…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Portuguese, Translation, Official Languages
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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This special issue has as its focus the agency of young children in relation to language policy and practice in bi- and multilingual preschools in Finland and Sweden. Studies of language policy in practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in these two countries can be particularly relevant even to those in other contexts, because they…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Bilingual Education, Language of Instruction
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Brown, Justin; Deumert, Ana – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In this article we provide a discussion of present-day Khoisan activism in Cape Town, South Africa. The main actors in this movement are people whose heritage is complex: their history can be traced back to the early days of the colonial settlement, reflecting the interactions and cohabitation of the indigenous Khoisan, slaves and the European…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, African Languages, Foreign Countries, Activism
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Banda, Felix; Jimaima, Hambaba – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The article illustrates a sociolinguistics of language vitality that accounts for "minority" and unofficial languages across multiple localities in dispersed communities of multilingual speakers of Zambia where only seven out of seventy-three indigenous languages have been designated official and "zoned" for use in specified…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Language Maintenance, African Languages, Foreign Countries
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Peltz, Rakhmiel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In the contemporary world, language, at the heart of all human communication, has experienced social change in new ways. Previously distant groups communicate with each other both because of new migrations and as a result of the use of the Internet and digital media. Intimate communication has been shaken to the core as a result of screen usage on…
Descriptors: Activism, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance
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Flores, Nelson – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The aim of this paper is to propose a materialist anti-racist approach to language activism. This approach combines Joshua Fishman's pioneering work on language activism with critical race theory and the recent materialist turn in applied linguistics. A materialist anti-racist approach to language activism, positions language policy within broader…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Activism, Applied Linguistics, Critical Theory
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Dlaske, Kati; Barakos, Elisabeth; Motobayashi, Kyoko; McLaughlin, Mireille – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
In the introduction to the special issue "Languaging the worker: globalized governmentalities in/of language in peripheral spaces", we take up the notion of governmentality as a means to interrogate the complex relationship between language, labor, power, and subjectivity in peripheral multilingual spaces. Our aim here is to argue for…
Descriptors: Governance, Global Approach, Multilingualism, Sociolinguistics
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Kolehmainen, Leena; Skaffari, Janne – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This article serves as an introduction to a collection of four articles on multilingual practices in speech and writing, exploring both contemporary and historical sources. It not only introduces the articles but also discusses the scope and definitions of code-switching, attitudes towards multilingual interaction and, most pertinently, the…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Translation, Cooperation
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Flubacher, Mi-Cha; Yeung, Shirley – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
In this introduction, we outline the most relevant concepts for this special issue on integration and the politics of difference. This introduction characterizes "integration" as a dominant policy orientation and discursive regime concerned primarily with understandings of language, communication, and skill which constitute a…
Descriptors: Social Differences, Politics, Multilingualism, Social Integration
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Barron, Anne – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
The present article introduces the Special Issue entitled "A Variational Pragmatic Approach to Regional Variation in Language," a collection of papers which celebrates the work of Klaus P. Schneider (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany) on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Language Variation, Geographic Regions, Language Research