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by John Edwards

  • Author: John Edwards
  • ISBN: 1441123482
  • ISBN13: 978-1441123480
  • ePub: 1217 kb | FB2: 1437 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Words Language & Grammar
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (April 19, 2012)
  • Pages: 152
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 149
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Multilingualism: Understanding Linguistic Diversity ePub download

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Edwards's 2012 book is a condensed and updated version for "people at all levels of linguistic sophistication" (p. 115).

Understanding linguistic diversity John Edwards. London/New York: Continuum, 2012. ISBN HB: 978-1-4411-2348-0; PB: 978-1-4411-2695-5. Some look like exam revision books; others are packed to the brim with information risking that readers might become overwhelmed about a given subject.

Multilingualism: Understanding Linguistic Diversity.

Multilingualism is everywhere in a globalized society.

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Multilingualism : Understanding Linguistic Diversity. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Examines the dynamics of a multilingual planet, offering us a snapshot of a globalized society. Continuum, Bloomsbury Academic.

Multilingualism is thus also a common phenomenon in Europe even though the linguistic diversity of Europe is not rich as in other continents. Book Description: This title examines the dynamics of a multilingual planet, offering us a snapshot of a globalized society. Multilingualism is everywhere in a globalized society

Multilingualism: Understanding Linguistic Diversity. Multilingualism is everywhere in a globalized society. The book asks: How far a role does translation play in helping multilingualism to thrive?

HOW DO LANGUAGES LIVE AND DIE?

WHAT ROLE DOES TRANSLATION PLAY IN HELPING LANGUAGES TO THRIVE?

ARE POLYGLOTS VIEWED WITH SUSPICION, GIVEN THE LINKS BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY?

IS THE MAINTENANCE AND REVIVAL OF FLAGGING LANGUAGES WORTH THE EFFORT?

CAN A LANGUAGE REMAIN 'PURE'?

IF LANGUAGE PATTERNS CONSTANTLY ALTER, WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT IDENTITY?

Multilingualism is everywhere in a globalized society. This book looks at the origins and development of languages, at language contact and competition, and at the emergence and the consequences of multilingualism. Edwards also examines lingua francas, pidgins, creoles and artificial languages as a part of a broader snapshot of the social life of language.

This compelling short introduction is required reading for all entry-level students of multilingualism, and a primer for language lovers in general.

Gagas
Wonderful insight into the world of multilingual studies and concepts of sociolinguistics. Covers many areas without going into too much detail. A great read for anyone who is interested in the topic or thinking about pursuing studies of said topic. Also surprising snarky at times. I enjoyed it very much.
Groll
like a new book. and fast delivery. I am satisfied.
Glei
John Edwards' MULTILINGUALISM is an introduction to the phenomenon of 5,000 languages over just a few tens of countries. The necessity to learn multiple languages to function in one's society is, in fact, nearly universal, and Edwards presents the polemic that ensues. The book is written in a very accessible tone and assumes little formal knowledge of linguistics.

Edwards begins by explaining the gradual change of a single language into a whole family of multually unintelligible tongues, the process that gives us multiple languages. He then explains how bilingualism works, how one learns a second language whether as a child or as an adult learner. Code-switching, borrowing, and interference are some important themes here.

The meat of the book is how multiple languages interact not just in the brain of the individual, but among the greater society. Language spread and, closely related, language decline is depressingly reported, while the difficulties of language revival are presented. For Edwards, multilingualism is not just the co-existence of multiple languages within a given society, but even the presence of multiple forms of speech. Very fascinating is his description of prescriptivism, which in seeking to uphold "pure" language asserts that other variants are necessarily impure. And even within a single-language group, men may speak strikingly different than women, as among the Gros Ventre of Montana where men say "jatsa" for bread while women say "kjatsa".

Edwards' MULTILINGUALISM is probably the single best introduction to the topic. However, having been published in 1994, some of its contemporary examples are dated. Bernard Spolsky's LANGUAGE POLICY (Cambridge University Press, 2004) illustrates the matter with some rather more timely issues. Also, Jean Aitchinson's LANGUAGE CHANGE: Progress or Decay is a more profound look the matter than Edwards, and at a similar gentle pace.
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