The Sociolinguistics of Globalization

The Sociolinguistics of Globalization

by Jan Blommaert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521710235

ISBN-13: 9780521710237

Pub. Date: 05/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Human language has changed in the age of globalization: no longer tied to stable and resident communities, it moves across the globe, and it changes in the process. The world has become a complex 'web' of villages, towns, neighbourhoods and settlements connected by material and symbolic ties in often unpredictable ways. This phenomenon requires us to revise our

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Human language has changed in the age of globalization: no longer tied to stable and resident communities, it moves across the globe, and it changes in the process. The world has become a complex 'web' of villages, towns, neighbourhoods and settlements connected by material and symbolic ties in often unpredictable ways. This phenomenon requires us to revise our understanding of linguistic communication. In The Sociolinguistics of Globalization, Jan Blommaert constructs a theory of changing language in a changing society, reconsidering locality, repertoires, competence, history and sociolinguistics inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521710237
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
1,292,281
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Series editor's foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xvi

1 A critical sociolinguistics of globalization 1

1.1 The challenge 1

1.2 Two paradigms 4

1.3 Globalization, super-diversity and multilingualism 6

1.4 The start of a tradition 13

1.5 The challenge again 20

2 A messy new marketplace 28

2.1 Nina's derrière 29

2.2 Sociolinguistic scales 32

2.3 Orders of indexicality 37

2.4 Polycentricity 39

2.5 A sociolinguistics of mobile resources 41

2.6 Selling accent 47

2.7 Conclusion 61

3 Locality, the periphery and images of the world 63

3.3 Writing locality: a globalized Tanzanian novel 64

3.2 Locality and the periphery 78

3.3 The norms of the periphery 80

3.4 Images from the periphery 101

4 Repertoires and competence 102

4.1 Truncated repertoires 103

4.2 Globalized genres of fraud 106

4.3 A world of resources 133

5 Language, globalization and history 137

5.1 Historical concepts 137

5.2 The worlds of golf 140

5.3 Long and short histories 144

5.4 The chaotic shop 148

5.5 Conclusion 151

6 Old and new inequalities 153

6.1 Globalization, the state and inequality 153

6.2 Language, asylum and the national order 154

6.3 Mainstreaming the migrant learner l73

6.4 The end of the state and inequality? 178

7 Reflections 180

7.1 Sketch of a road map 180

7.2 English in the periphery: imperialism revisited 182

7.3 Conclusions 196

Notes 199

References 202

Index 209

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