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Title: Multilingualism
Subtitle: A Critical Perspective
Edited By: Adrian Blackledge
Angela Creese
Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics Series

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"In this groundbreaking study of multilingual youth in the United Kingdom,
Blackledge and Creese disrupt common-sense notions of language, literacy,
heritage, and identity. Drawing on innovative research in eight
complementary schools in four cities, the authors bring insightful analysis
to a complex set of data, arguing persuasively that time and space remain
central motifs in the investigation of multilingualism in contemporary
society. Researchers, students, and teachers will find the integration of
theory and practice both compelling and engaging. Multilingualism
represents linguistic ethnography at its very best."
Professor Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia, Canada

"An insightful account of a landmark study in multilingual education. This
theoretically and methodologically innovative multi-site, team ethnography
illuminates classroom linguistic practices in Gujarati, Bengali, Chinese,
and Turkish complementary schools in Britain, opening readers' eyes and
understanding to the rich diversity of cultural, identity, and learning
resources multilingualism represents. This book offers a major, critical
Professor Nancy H. Hornberger. University of Pennsylvania, USA

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? Do communities set out to ensure that their languages are maintained
and passed on to the next generation, and if so, how, and why?

What if speakers appropriate and make use of linguistic resources not
typically associated with their ‘ethnic’ or ‘heritage’ group? Is there
consensus about the role and value of particular sets of linguistic
resources, or is this contested, and negotiated? How do negotiations about
linguistic resources and identities play out in institutional contexts, and
what language practices are used in these negotiations?

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. They offer responses
from their detailed investigations of the language practices of
multilingual young people and their teaching experiences in complementary
schools in four cities in England. As a comprehensive examination of the
issues surrounding multilingualism, it will be essential reading for
advanced students and researchers of sociolinguistics and multilingualism.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 082649210X
ISBN-13: 9780826492104
Pages: 272
Prices: U.S. $ 150.00
U.K. £ 75.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0826492096
ISBN-13: 9780826492098
Pages: 272
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99
U.S. $ 49.95