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Journal Title: Sociolinguistic Studies
Volume/Issue:   5/2
Date: 2011
Table of Contents: Articles

Ritual and conversational discourse in Nahuatl: From ‘there is no drink as sweet and fragrant as this’ to ‘eat your meal!’
José Antonio Flores Farfán

Switching code and changing social identities in face-to-face interaction
Andry Sophocleous

Talking in the temple: A case study of language use and attitudes in the Shree Raam Mandir in Wijchen, the Netherlands
Sjaak Kroon, Jeanne Kurvers, Renate Remie

Finding one’s own linguistic space: Views on English, Afrikaans and identity in a semi-urban Australian context
Aniko Hatoss, Henriette van Rensburg, Doona Starks

Cuban Spanish in the US context: Linguistic and social constraints on the variation of syllable-final (r) among Cuban newcomers.
Gabriela G. Alfaraz

Entre iguales: Notas sobre la socialization lingüistica escolar del alumnado inmigrado en Barcelona
Virginia Unamuno

Short Comunications

KiSwahili: The lingua franca of Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda
Calisto Mudzingwa

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China and English: Globalization and the Dilemmas of Identity
Joseph Lo Bianco, Jane Orton and Gao Yihong (eds), 2009, Multilingual Matters, 315pp, 978 1 84769 228 3
Xun Zhu

Language as Commodity: Global Structures, Local Marketplace
Peter K.W. Tan and Rani Rubdy (eds), 2008, Continuum, 228pp, 978 1 84706 423 3
Chit Cheung Matthew Sung

Constructing Inequality in Multilingual Classrooms
Luisa Martin Rojo, 2010, Mouton de Gruyter, 422pp, 978 3 11 022663 8
Eva Codó

An Introduction to Irish English
Carolina P. Amador-Moreno, 2010, Equinox, 191pp, 978 1 84553 371 7
Janne Skaffari

El Español Hablado en Málaga III
Maria de la Cruz Lasarte Cervantes, José M. Sáchez Sáez, Antonio M. Avila Muñoz y Juan Andrés Villena Ponsoda (eds), 2009, Sarriá, 197pp, CD Rom, 978 84 96799 22 6
Enrique Lucena Torres
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Chinese, Mandarin
Dutch
English
Greek, Modern
Hindi
Hindustani, Caribbean
Nahuatl, Classical
Spanish
Swahili
 
LL Issue: 23.3260