The Sociolinguistics of Globalization

The Sociolinguistics of Globalization

by Jan Blommaert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521884063

ISBN-13: 9780521884068

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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Overview

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 sociolinguistic inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521884068
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 A critical sociolinguistics of globalization 1

2 A messy new marketplace 28

3 Locality, the periphery and images of the world 63

4 Repertoires and competence 102

5 Language, globalization and history 137

6 Old and new inequalities 153

7 Reflections 180

Notes 199

References 202

Index 209

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