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Language Policy in Higher Education: The Case of Medium-Sized Languages

by F. Xavier Vila Moreno & Vanessa Bretxa Multilingual Matters (November 24, 2014)

In today's increasingly interconnected, knowledge-based world, language policy in higher education is rapidly becoming a crucial area for all societies aiming to play a part in the global economy. The challenge...


Language Policies in Finland and Sweden: Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons

by Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen & Taina Saarinen Multilingual Matters (November 10, 2014)

In this volume, authors from four disciplines join forces to develop an analysis of political discourse on a comparative and multidisciplinary basis. Language policy is often based on the political use of history,...


Challenging the Monolingual Mindset

by Prof. John Hajek & Yvette Slaughter Multilingual Matters (October 02, 2014)

This volume illustrates the distinctive and interconnected use of languages in increasingly diversified communities, examining a range of multilingual contexts, including post-migration settlement, language...


Rethinking Language and Culture in Japanese Education: Beyond the Standard

by Shinji Sato & Neriko Musha Doerr Multilingual Matters (April 01, 2014)

How does language or culture come to be standardized to the degree that it is considered 'homogeneous'? How does teaching language relate to such standardization processes? How can teaching be mindful of the...


Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages

by Prof. Judith Rosenhouse & Rotem Kowner Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2008)

This volume accounts for the motives for contemporary lexical borrowing from English, using a comparative approach and a broad cross-cultural perspective. It investigates the processes involved in the penetration...


Language Conflict in Algeria: From Colonialism to Post-Independence

by Prof. Mohamed Benrabah Multilingual Matters (May 16, 2013)

This is a book about the use of languages as a proxy for conflict. It traces the history of Algeria from colonization by the French in 1830 to the celebration of 50 years of independence in 2012, and examines...


Language-In-Education Policies: The Discursive Construction of Intercultural Relations

by Dr. Anthony J. Liddicoat Multilingual Matters (April 08, 2013)

This book examines the ideological underpinnings of language-in-education policies that explicitly focus on adding a new language to the learners' existing repertoire. It examines policies for foreign languages,...


Native-Speakerism in Japan: Intergroup Dynamics in Foreign Language Education

by Stephanie Ann Houghton & Assoc. Prof. Damian J. Rivers Multilingual Matters (February 19, 2013)

The relative status of native and non-native speaker language teachers within educational institutions has long been an issue worldwide but until recently, the voices of teachers articulating their own concerns...


Social Media and Minority Languages: Convergence and the Creative Industries

by Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones & Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed Multilingual Matters (February 05, 2013)

As a field in its own right, Minority Language Media studies is developing fast. The recent technological and social developments that have accelerated media convergence and opened new ways of access and exchange...


Linguistic Landscapes: A Comparative Study of Urban Multilingualism in Tokyo

by Dr. Peter Backhaus Multilingual Matters (February 20, 2006)

Linguistic Landscapes is the first comprehensive approach to a largely under-explored sociolinguistic phenomenon: language on signs. Based on an up-to-date review of previous research from various places around...


Bilingualism: Beyond Basic Principles

by Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, Alex Housen & Prof. Wei Li Multilingual Matters (March 05, 2003)

The nine original papers in this volume have been written by international experts and deal with individual bilingualism, societal and educational phenomena, addressing issues such as bilingual usage, acquisition,...


Survival and Development of Language Communities: Prospects and Challenges

by F. Xavier Vila Multilingual Matters (November 09, 2012)

Too small to be big, but also too big to be really small, medium-sized language communities (MSLCs) face their own challenges in a rapidly globalising world where multilingualism and mobility seem to be eroding...


EnglishMedium Instruction at Universities

by Aintzane Doiz, Dr. David Lasagabaster & Dr. Juan Manuel Sierra Multilingual Matters (October 12, 2012)

This book provides critical insights into the English-medium instruction (EMI) experiences which have been implemented at a number of universities in countries such as China, Finland, Israel, the Netherlands,...


The Languages of Nation

by Prof. Carol Percy & Mary Catherine Davidson Multilingual Matters (July 25, 2012)

This collection brings together research on linguistic prescriptivism and social identities, in specific contemporary and historical contexts of cross-cultural contact and awareness. Providing multilingual and...


European Multilingualism: Current Perspectives and Challenges

by Dr. Rosita Rindler Schjerve & Eva Vetter Multilingual Matters (May 15, 2012)

This book provides a broad sociolinguistic perspective on major questions of political and cultural Europeanization. It is concerned with European multilingualism as it actually results from the intersecting...


English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education

by Annette Bradford & Howard Brown Multilingual Matters (October 19, 2017)

English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education provides a touchstone for higher education practitioners, researchers and policy makers. It enables readers to more clearly understand why policies concerning...


Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning

by Dr. Jeffrey Gil Multilingual Matters (May 11, 2017)

‘The Confucius Institute Project’ – consisting of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, the posting of Chinese language teachers to overseas schools and universities and the Chinese Bridge language competition...


The Making of Monolingual Japan

by Patrick Heinrich Multilingual Matters (February 10, 2012)

Japan is widely regarded as a model case of successful language modernization, and it is often erroneously believed to be linguistically homogenous. There is a connection between these two views. As the first...


The Language Difference

by Dr. Paulin G. Djité Multilingual Matters (January 06, 2011)

Language is a sensitive issue in the developing world, because language choice and behaviour are integral to the social, economic and political stability of multicultural societies. To what extent does this...


Multilingual Urban Scandinavia

by Dr. Pia Quist & Dr. Bente Ailin Svendsen Multilingual Matters (October 07, 2010)

This book presents, for the first time, an overarching, trans-Scandinavian, comprehensive and comparable account of linguistic developments and practices in late modern urban contact zones. The book aims to...


Contesting Europe's Eastern Rim

by Dr. Ljiljana Saric, Dr. Andreas Musolff, Dr. Stefan Manz & Prof. Ingrid Hudabiunigg Multilingual Matters (November 15, 2010)

Since 1989, Europe’s eastern rim has been in constant flux. This collection focuses on how political and economic transformations have triggered redefinitions of cultural identity. Using discursive modes of...


Uniformity and Diversity in Language Policy

by Catrin Norrby & Prof. John Hajek Multilingual Matters (October 17, 2011)

This book brings together current research by leading international scholars on the often contentious nature of language policies and their practical outcomes in North America, Australia and Europe. It presents...


Language, Identity and Education on the Arabian Peninsula

by Louisa Buckingham Multilingual Matters (November 29, 2016)

This collection examines the urban multilingual realities of inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula in the early 21st century from the perspectives of learners, teachers and researchers. Focusing on both public...


The Status of English in Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Louisa Buckingham Multilingual Matters (July 01, 2016)

When Yugoslavia disintegrated in the early 1990s, competence in English was not widespread. This book explores how English came to be equated with economic survival for many during and after the ensuing war...


Names and Naming

by Guy Puzey & Laura Kostanski Multilingual Matters (January 19, 2016)

This book explores international trends in naming and contributes to the growing field of onomastic enquiry. Naming practices are viewed here through a critical lens, demonstrating a high level of political...


Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language

by Guanglun Michael Mu Multilingual Matters (September 10, 2015)

This book explores the fascinating topic of heritage language learning, looking in particular at Chinese Australians’ learning of Chinese. The author studies the investment, challenges and benefits of heritage...


Language Ideology, Policy and Planning in Peru

by Serafín M. Coronel-Molina Multilingual Matters (September 10, 2015)

This book explores the role of language academies in preserving and revitalizing minority or endangered languages. The author studies the controversial High Academy of the Quechua Language (HAQL) in Peru, the...


Urban Diversities and Language Policies in Medium-Sized Linguistic Communities

by Emili Boix-Fuster Multilingual Matters (July 31, 2015)

This book examines medium-sized linguistic communities in urban contexts against the backdrop of the language policies which have been implemented in these respective areas. The authors provide new data and...


Linking Discourse Studies to Professional Practice

by Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste Multilingual Matters (July 31, 2015)

This book examines how discourse analysts could best disseminate their research findings in real world settings. Each chapter presents a study of spoken or written discourse with authors putting forward a plan...


Prescription and Tradition in Language

by Prof. Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade & Prof. Carol Percy Multilingual Matters (October 31, 2016)

This book contextualises case studies across a wide variety of languages and cultures, crystallising key interrelationships between linguistic standardisation and prescriptivism, and between ideas and practices....