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LINGUIST List 24.4288

Wed Oct 30 2013

Books: Communicative Practices at Work: Kleifgen

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Oct-2013
From: Laura Longworth <marketingmultilingual-matters.com>
Subject: Communicative Practices at Work: Kleifgen
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Title: Communicative Practices at Work
Subtitle: Multimodality and Learning in a High-Tech Firm
Series Title: Language, Mobility and Institutions
Published: 2013
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
                http://www.multilingual-matters.com/

Book URL: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781783090440

Author: Jo Anne Kleifgen
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783090457 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 129.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783090457 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 89.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781783090440 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 27.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781783090440 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.95
Abstract:

This book examines communicative practices in a circuit-board manufacturing plant in California's Silicon Valley, where the employees come from diverse ethnolinguistic backgrounds, their activities involve the use of high-tech equipment and their practices are shaped by, and sometimes contest, local and global forces. Analyses of the data show that learning occurs optimally when workers make strategic use of both their home languages and English within an ecology of semiotic systems. The book demonstrates the importance of accounting for multilingual practices in studies of multimodality. Through detailed ethnography it brings the reader to a better understanding of learning-in-practice in work environments, where the complexities and accelerated growth of new technologies along with a globalized world produce new forms of multilingual and multimodal communication.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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