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Download PDF by James Collins, Mike Baynham, Stef Slembrouck: Globalization and Language in Contact: Scale, Migration, and

By James Collins, Mike Baynham, Stef Slembrouck

ISBN-10: 0826497985

ISBN-13: 9780826497987

This publication examines the effect of globalization on languages in touch, together with the research of linkages among the worldwide and native, and transnational and positioned communique. It engages with social thought and social procedures whereas grappling with questions of language research raised through globalized language touch. Drawing on case reviews from North the United States, Europe and Africa, the quantity makes 3 vital contributions to modern sociolinguistics by means of: * arguing that ideas of scale and area are crucial for knowing modern sociolinguistic phenomena * displaying that the transnational flows and activities of peoples spotlight the matter and paintings of identification with regards to either position and time* addressing methodological demanding situations raised through diversified ways to the examine of globalization and language contact.  This state-of-the-art monograph that includes examine through well known overseas members should be of curiosity to lecturers discovering sociolinguistics, and language and globalization.

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The New York case closely examines activity framing, participant footing and code-switching in an intimate domestic setting which is part of a network of relatively invisible migrant households whose multilingual language practices unavoidably encounter the monolingual nature of public spheres. The Belgian case also examines framing, footing and code-switching, but with a focus on official and ad-hoc writing practices, in an institutional setting characterized by official bilingualism, ongoing French/Dutch rivalries and an invisible multilingualism driven by post-colonial legacies.

It is an ethnographic study involving discourse analysis on news reporting, and observations as well as interviews on migrants’ shifts in linguistic forms and styles produced in urban communities in Beijing, showing how they connect to and interact with one another in the particular space, and what indexical meanings the shifts of linguistic forms and styles project in the transitional social context in China. In what follows, we shall introduce some key theoretical notions; secondly, we shall provide backgrounds on the internal migration in China, and thirdly, present an analysis of empirical data collected between September 2006 and June 2007 in Beijing as an illustration of the theoretical frame.

Participants were interviewed, official accounts and documents were recorded and analysed, as were ‘off-the-record’ activities and exchanges. We regard such an approach as necessary for capturing the dense complexity of actual multilingual language practices, whether it concerns knowing which language a multilingual migrant father uses when reprimanding his children or discovering an unofficial roster of multilingual hospital staff used for medical interpreting. 1 A multilingual migrant household in upstate New York We have been conducting a year-long ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of the domestic, educational and community settings in which Hispanic migrant children encounter English in the Capital District Region of Upstate, New York (Collins 2004; Collins and La Santa 2006).

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