This volume contributes to the debates about the social aspects of bilingualism, focusing on the various opportunities and challenges bilingualism presents to today's society. The contributions in this volume are of a prospective stance, delineating directions for future research on bilingualism and/or identifying important issues which have been under-researched or which are still of a controversial nature. All the contributions are from leading international scholars who have researched and published extensively in the field of bilingualism. To facilitate further discussions of the issues raised in the volume, there are study questions and suggested reading attached to each of the main chapters.Introduction: Opportunities and Challenges of Bilingualism,
Li Wei, Jean-Marc Dewaele and Alex Housen
I Theoretical frameworks "Holy languages" in the context of societal bilingualism,
When languages disappear, are bilingual education or human rights a cure?
Core values and nation states
II Bilingualism worldwide
French language policy: centrism, Orwellian dirigisme or economic determinism?
The non-linearity of language maintenance and language shift: survey data from European language boundaries
Peter Nelde and Peter Weber
Language shift among Siberian Estonians
On attitudes towards Croatian dialects and other changing status
Ethnolects - between bilingualism and urban dialect
The development of Navajo-English language bilingualism
Language ideology, ownership and maintenance: The discourse of the "Academia Mayor de la Lengua uechua"
Xhosa as a "home appliance"? A case of language shift in Grahamstown
Vivian de Klerk
Japan's nascent multilingualism
Florian Coulmas and Makoto Watanabe
III. Multilingual management and education
Managing multilingualism in Singapore
Xu Daming and Li Wei
Managing languages at bilingual universities: relationships between universities and their language environment
Bjoern H. Jernudd
Changing paradigms in the study of bilingualism
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