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Zimmermann, Martina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This paper investigates the conditions under which stakeholders in the higher education system in multilingual Switzerland link expectations of students' future economic to the development of human capital. Drawing on ethnographic data collected in a project focusing on mobile students crossing linguistic borders within Switzerland, I examine how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Multilingualism, Language Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Messerli, Thomas C. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
This theoretical paper adopts the point of view of the audience of subtitled films and outlines a theory of subtitles as communicative agents within the participation structures of film reception. Based on examples from three Swiss fiction films -- "Heidi" (2015), "Heimatland" (2015) and "Der Goalie bin ig" (2014) --…
Descriptors: Audiences, Films, Translation, Layout (Publications)
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Flubacher, Mi-Cha; Coray, Renata; Duchêne, Alexandre – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
Drawing on an ethnography in regional employment offices in a French-German canton in Switzerland, it is the aim of this article to articulate the complexities involved in the practices revolving around and geared towards the role of language competences in the process of professional reintegration, particularly so with regards to migrants who…
Descriptors: Unemployment, Cultural Pluralism, Immigrants, Language Proficiency
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Yeung, Shirley – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This article examines two social categories brought into being by recent migration policies in Switzerland: the expatriate (or "expat") and the migrant. Treating these categories as relationally constituted, the article explores how this distinction was constructed and managed in response to processes of European harmonization in the…
Descriptors: Classification, Immigrants, Social Integration, Public Policy
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Lytra, Vally – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2014
In this article, I present and discuss a commemorative book project to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Greek School of Lausanne. I examine the continuities and discontinuities of the notions of language, identity and community as these were represented through the voices of former Greek state officials, teachers and pupils. I take a long…
Descriptors: Greek, Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Teacher Attitudes
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Meyer Pitton, Liliane – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
This article contributes to the study of language maintenance as an everyday activity in binational-bilingual families. By embedding the question of language maintenance into a language socialization framework and adopting a conversation-analytic approach to language alternation, three excerpts of mealtime interactions in Russian-French speaking…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Bilingualism, Socialization, Educational Objectives
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Gonçalves, Kellie – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
This study looks at the discursive construction and negotiation of hybrid identities within binational couples. I analyze conversations produced by Anglophones married to German-speaking Swiss residing in central Switzerland. I employ Bucholtz & Hall's sociocultural linguistic model (2004, 2005, 2010), which views identity as emergent in…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Self Concept, Language Usage, Form Classes (Languages)
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Chevalier, Sarah – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
The situation once described by Hoffmann (1985), in which children grow up exposed to three languages from an early age, is a reality for an increasing number of families. In Europe--as elsewhere--greater mobility is leading to greater numbers of mixed-language couples (Piller 2002), and, by extension, multilingual families. For such families,…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Multilingualism, Family Relationship, Language Acquisition
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Bolander, Brook – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2009
This article assesses the relevance of Basil Bernstein for German-speaking Switzerland. It argues that Bernstein is potentially relevant for German-speaking Switzerland in light of contemporary studies which highlight a connection between social background and differential school achievement. After contextualising Bernstein's theoretical outlook…
Descriptors: Social Class, Speech Communication, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries