Superdiversity, Multilingualism and Awareness

Ingrid Gogolin, Joana Duarte

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    Paradoxically, individual and societal multilingualism are officially accepted and celebrated at a European level, the aim being that every European citizen becomes at least trilingual. Closer analyses of the discourse on multilingualism shows, however, that what are celebrated are the languages of European nation-states and officially acknowledged linguistic minorities (such as Frisian in the Netherlands, Welsh or Gaelic in the United Kingdom, Sorbian in Germany) but by no means all languages of the people who actually live in European countries. Embedded in this paradox, the present chapter will first provide an overview on the historical development of the term and concept of “super-diversity”. In the second part, we present current research on linguistic super-diversity and awareness from sociological/anthropological, sociolinguistic, education and psycholinguistic perspectives. Methodological
    aspects and challenges will then be identified, followed by an outline of future directions in the field.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelLanguage Awareness and Multilingualism
    SubtitelEncyclopedia of Language and Education
    RedacteurenJasone Cenoz, Durk Gorter, Stephen May
    Aantal pagina's16
    ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-319-02240-6
    StatusPublished - 2017

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