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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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Dewaele, Jean-Marc – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
"Cunt" is currently one of the most offensive words in the English language and is usually censored in the English press and media. The present study looks firstly at differences between 1159 first (L1) and 1165 foreign (LX) users of English in their perceived understanding of the word, its perceived offensiveness and their self-reported…
Descriptors: Language Usage, English (Second Language), English, Native Language
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Ahmed, Mohamed A. H. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
The translation of bilingual literary texts may challenge a translator when s/he needs to transfer some embedded, foreign codes from a language other than the dominant language of the source text (ST) into the target text (TT). This study analyses the way in which code-switching (CS) is transferred into a TT, looking at the translation strategies…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Bilingualism, Translation, Second Languages
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Smith-Christmas, Cassie – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
The aim of this article is to illustrate the fluid nature of family language policy (FLP) and how the realities of any one FLP are re-negotiated by caregivers and children in tandem. In particular, the paper will focus on the affective dimensions of FLP and will demonstrate how the same reality--in this case, a grandmother's use of a child-centred…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Family Relationship, Family Environment, Language Minorities
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Chan, Clara Ho-yan – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
This paper proposes law drafting techniques, especially in Chinese, that aim to enhance the fluency and readability of Hong Kong bilingual legislation. The study is based on the plain language guide published by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong in 2012, with the goal of helping the current legislation to comply with the guidelines. Using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Legislation, Language Usage, Bilingualism
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Bourhis, Richard Y.; Sioufi, Rana – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This article analyses how language laws favouring French improved the vitality of the Francophone majority relative to the declining Anglophone minority of Quebec. Part one provides a review of Canadian Government efforts to provide federal bilingual services to Francophones and Anglophones across Canada. Using the ethnolinguistic vitality…
Descriptors: Language Planning, French, Official Languages, Bilingualism
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Barakos, Elisabeth – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
In this paper, I examine how language policy acts as a means of both empowering the Welsh language and the minority language worker and as a means of exerting power over them. For this purpose, the study focuses on a particular site: private sector businesses in Wales. Therein, I trace two major discursive processes: first, the Welsh Government's…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, Bilingualism, Welsh
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Skaffari, Janne – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
In the multilingual history of England, the period following the Norman Conquest in 1066 is a particularly intriguing phase, but its code-switching patterns have so far received little attention. The present article describes and analyses the multilingual practices evinced in London, British Library, MS Stowe 34, containing one instructional prose…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Latin, Teaching Methods, Multilingualism
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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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Yates, Lynda – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
Whether in pursuit of a safer place to live, economic advancement or simply from a desire to travel, increasing numbers of professionals find themselves working outside familiar cultural settings and using a language in which they did not train. As a country of migration, Australia is home to many such transnationals. Despite high levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Child Care, Medicine
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Alcolado Carnicero, José Miguel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
A mixed-language phenomenon such as language shift has been acknowledged to constitute one of the hallmarks of the manuscripts in which the members of the City of London livery companies recorded their financial transactions during the late medieval period. Despite these texts having been studied by scholars in very diverse disciplines,…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Business Communication, Money Management, Accounting
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Lamb, Gavin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
The transgressive use of language by out-group speakers, or crossing is used in a variety of ways to achieve both affiliative and disaffiliative ends among youths. However, crossing can also be used as an affiliative resource in asymmetrical power relations between teachers and students. Reporting on the findings of a 1.5 year ethnography of an…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Audio Equipment, Language Variation, Multilingualism
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Haugh, Michael; Carbaugh, Donal – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
Getting acquainted with others is one of the most basic interpersonal communication events. Yet there has only been a limited number of studies that have examined variation in the interactional practices through which unacquainted persons become acquainted and establish relationships across speakers of the same language. The current study focuses…
Descriptors: Self Disclosure (Individuals), Interpersonal Communication, Language Variation, English
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Barron, Anne; Pandarova, Irina; Muderack, Karoline – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
The present study, situated in the area of variational pragmatics, contrasts tag question (TQ) use in Ireland and Great Britain using spoken data from the Irish and British components of the International Corpus of English (ICE). Analysis is on the formal and functional level and also investigates form-functional relationships. Findings reveal…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Computational Linguistics, Pragmatics, Foreign Countries
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Bieswanger, Markus – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
In 2005, Klaus P. Schneider published a fascinating article with the title "'No problem, you're welcome, anytime': Responding to thanks in Ireland, England, and the U.S.A." Adopting the then emerging and now established framework of variational pragmatics, Schneider's pioneering paper presents the results of a study on differences…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Pragmatics, English, Task Analysis