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Piller, Ingrid; Zhang, Jie; Li, Jia – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Multilingual crisis communication has emerged as a global challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Global public health communication is characterized by the large-scale exclusion of linguistic minorities from timely high-quality information. The severe limitations of multilingual crisis communication that the COVID-19 crisis has laid bare result…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Language Usage, Information Dissemination
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Tamošiunaite, Aurelija – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This paper investigates the lexical representation of sincerity in Lithuanian epistolarity throughout the twentieth century. Drawing on data from the corpus of Lithuanian letters and employing the techniques of corpus, statistical and philological analysis, this paper explores the use, frequency and context of occurrence of the four sets of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Indo European Languages, Computational Linguistics, Letters (Correspondence)
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Thomas, Jenelle – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
The concept of sincerity has links to honesty, openness, and authenticity, including of feelings. As expressions of sincerity become formalized in epistolary practice, however, a tension arises between sincerity and the articulation of it. An examination of a corpus of private family letters in French and Spanish from the eighteenth and nineteenth…
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), Family Relationship, French, Spanish
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Shvanyukova, Polina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This article is concerned with the history of "yours sincerely," a popular closing formula in English epistolary discourse. The formula was already used sporadically in the seventeenth century, gradually increased in frequency in the Late Modern period, and was the preferred subscription in English business correspondence by the end of…
Descriptors: Business English, History, Language Usage, Letters (Correspondence)
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De Toni, Francesco – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
The relationship between the polite and conventional nature of friendly language and the sincerity of the writer's feelings is a central topic in linguistic and historical research on friendship in epistolary communication. This relationship can be understood in the context of the emotional values and conventionalised emotional practices that…
Descriptors: Authors, Friendship, Emotional Response, Language Usage
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Williams, Graham Trevor – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This paper investigates performative manifestations of sincerity across Anglo-Norman and Middle English. In particular, it locates adverbial sincerity markers used to qualify performative speech act verbs in late medieval letters (fourteenth and fifteenth centuries), at a point when Middle English was rapidly replacing Anglo-Norman as the…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, Verbs, English, Diachronic Linguistics
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Nakamura, Janice – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Mixed-ethnic children in Japan do not usually acquire the language of their non-Japanese parent. This study looks at their lost opportunity to acquire their minority parent's language through a retrospective investigation of their language experiences from childhood to young adulthood. Transcripts of interviews with ten mixed-ethnic children (ages…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Ethnic Groups, Parent Child Relationship, Language Acquisition
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Li, Jia – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Transnational migrant students have been found to experience marginalization in educational contexts around the world. This critical sociolinguistic ethnography explores the incorporation and learning outcomes of an as yet under-researched group: transnational migrant students from Myanmar in a border high school in China. This context is unique…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Ethnography
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Reed, Emily – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This article examines the acquisition of pragmatic competence in L2, applying this stimulating area of research to premodern texts in a way that has yet to be done (to the author's knowledge). Specifically, this article discusses the teaching of "challenging" incongruent speech behaviours (such as sarcasm, banter, and irony) in a group…
Descriptors: Humor, Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Dolowy-Rybinska, Nicole – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This paper investigates how bilingual Upper Sorbian-German teachers who belong to the Sorbian speech community (Lusatia, Germany) introduce the minority language during German language lessons in an Upper Sorbian school. In Lusatia, as well as in Sorbian schools, bilingualism is not of equal character; minority language speakers are all bilingual…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingual Teachers, Language Minorities, German
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Wroblewski, Michael – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This article takes a linguistic anthropological approach to analyzing multilingualism in the linguistic landscape of the Amazonian city of Tena, Ecuador, a key locus of indigenous Kichwa language revitalization, identity formation, and politics. Following recent scholarly reconsiderations of multilingual linguistic landscapes as sites of…
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Spanish, Ethnography, Signs
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Blommaert, Jan – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
The papers in this volume all articulate a keen awareness of the shift in sociolinguistic economies caused by online technologies. We now live in an online-offline nexus of communication, and realizing this invites changes in the ways in which we traditionally view and imagine the foundations of our disciplinary approaches. In reviewing the…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Social Action, Information Technology, Moral Values
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Tovares, Alla V. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
This article investigates YouTube metalinguistic comments about language varieties in Ukraine as a "light" practice to demonstrate how knowledge and identities are negotiated online against the backdrop of larger sociopolitical discourses that circulate in and about Ukraine. This work adds to our understanding of online, or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Metalinguistics, Language Variation, Identification (Psychology)
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Moraru, Mirona – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
Born and educated in the UK, with Arab parents and Muslims, second-generation British-Arab immigrants in Cardiff find themselves at the core of a complex web of power relations which potentiates their production of multilingual practices. However, while Cardiff is officially bilingual, English being the dominant language and Welsh becoming…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Islam, Arabs, Oral Language
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Sinatora, Francesco L. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
This article discusses the intersection of language choice, identity and online political activism in the context of the 2011 Syrian uprising by bringing together the notions of "entextualization" and "chronotopes." The data is drawn from a longitudinal analysis of two Syrian dissidents' Facebook pages between 2010 and 2012 as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Self Concept, Political Attitudes
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