9780826492098

Multilingualism A Critical Perspective

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826492098

  • ISBN10:

    0826492096

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-07
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

What does it mean to young people to be multilingual? What do multilingual speakers' linguistic resources mean to them? Are they happy to discard their languages, and assimilate to English, or are there other issues at stake? Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese address these questions, taking a critical perspective to examine issues such as nationalism, heritage, culture, identity negotiation, ideology, and power. A comprehensive examination of the issues surrounding multilingualism, this book will be essential reading for advanced students, and researchers, of sociolinguistics and multilingualism. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Bilingualism at the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK. Angela Creese is Professor of Educational Linguistics at the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Opening up multilingual spaces
Multilingualism, ideology and practice
Ethnography of multilingualism
A multilingual research team
Multilingualism in local and global spaces
Inventing and disinventing the national
Contesting 'language' as 'heritage'
Multilingual literacies across space and time
Official and carnival lives in the classroom
Flexible bilingualism in practice
Multilingualism: Future trajectories
Bibliography
Index
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