Two Languages at Work: Bilingual Life on the Production Floor

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching and researching in the multicultural/multilingual workplace 1
Social goals and workplace English language training 2
Language choice and economic gain 5
Research questions and research methodology 5
Outline of book 9
Ch. 1 Survival, participation, and access in a multicultural/multilingual setting 11
Ch. 2 Language choice, social identity, and authority in the multicultural/multilingual workplace 39
Ch. 3 Ethnography in the multicultural/multilingual workplace 69
Ch. 4 The Portuguese community of Toronto 87
Ch. 5 Working at Stone Specialities 109
Ch. 6 Bilingual life and language choice on the production floor 143
Ch. 7 Ways of communicating and experience at work 177
Ch. 8 Language choice, linguistic authority and social difference on the production floor 201
Ch. 9 Opportunity and empowerment in the multicultural/multilingual workplace 219
Ch. 10 Language, consent and relations of power 243
Notes 251
References 255
App. A List of major occupational groups in 1986 census 267
App. B Interview questions for managers, assistant managers and forepersons 270
App. C Interview questions for the chairman of Stone Specialities 271
App. D Language choice conventions 272
App. E Language choice profile 273
App. F Interview questions for workers 274
Index 277
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