Globalization and Language in Contact: Scale, Migration, and Communicative Practices

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This book examines the impact of globalization on languages in contact, including the study of linkages between the global and local, and transnational and situated communication. It engages with social theory and social processes while grappling with questions of language analysis raised by globalized language contact.

Drawing on case studies from North America, Europe and Africa, the volume makes three important contributions to contemporary ...

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Overview

This book examines the impact of globalization on languages in contact, including the study of linkages between the global and local, and transnational and situated communication. It engages with social theory and social processes while grappling with questions of language analysis raised by globalized language contact.

Drawing on case studies from North America, Europe and Africa, the volume makes three important contributions to contemporary sociolinguistics by:
* arguing that concepts of scale and space are essential for understanding contemporary sociolinguistic phenomena
* showing that the transnational flows and movements of peoples highlight the problem and work of identity in relation to both place and time
* addressing methodological challenges raised by different approaches to the study of globalization and language contact. 

This cutting-edge monograph featuring research by renowned international contributors will be of interest to academics researching sociolinguistics, and language and globalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441129246
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Series: Advances in Sociolinguistics Series , #49
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Notes on contributors viii

1 Introduction: scale, migration and communicative practice James Collins Stef Slembrouck Mike Baynham 1

Part I Scale and Multilingualism

2 Goffman and globalization: frame, footing and scale in migration-connected multilingualism James Collins Stef Slembrouck 19

3 Space, scale and accents: constructing migrant identity in Beijing Jie Dong Jan Blommaert 42

4 A relational understanding of language practice: interacting timespaces in a single ethnographic site CĂ©cile B. Vigouroux 62

5 Immigration in Catalonia: marking territory through language Joan Pujolar 85

Part II Spatialization, Migration and Identity

6 From space to spatialization in narrative studies Anna De Fina 109

7 'Just one day like today': scale and the analysis of space/time orientation in narratives of displacement Mike Baynham 130

8 Transnational flows, networks and 'transcultural capital': reflections on researching migrant networks through linguistic ethnography Ulrike Hanna Meinhof 148

9 'Either' and 'Both' - the changing concept of living space among Polish post-communist migrants to the United Kingdom Aleksandra Galasińska Olga Kozlowska 170

10 The spaces of language: the everyday practices of young Somali refugees and asylum seekers Gill Valentine Deborah Sporton Katrine Bang Nielsen 189

Part III Studying Processes and Practices across Time and Space

11 'Canada meets France': recasting identities of Canadianness and Francité through global economic exchanges Gabriele Budach 209

12 Changing participation in changing practice: uses of language and literacy among Portuguese migrant women in the United Kingdom Clara Keating 233

13 Weighing the scales: recontextualization as horizontal scaling Catherine Kell 252

Index of authors 275

Index of terms 279

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