Sabaté i Dalmau: Migrant Communication Enterprises: Regimentation and Resistance

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Sabate i Dalmau Migrant Communication EnterprisesSabaté i Dalmau, Maria. Migrant Communication Enterprises: Regimentation and Resistance. Multlingual Matters, forthcoming August 2014. 240 pp.

This unique critical sociolinguistic ethnography explores alternative migrant-regulated institutions of resistance and subversive communication technology: the locutorios or ethnic call shops. These migrant-owned businesses act as a window into their multimodal and hybrid linguistic and communicative practices, and into their own linguistic hierarchies and non-mainstream sociolinguistic orders. Here, socially displaced but technologically empowered transnational migrant populations actively find subversive ways to access information and communication technologies. As such they mobilise their own resources to successfully inhabit Catalonia, at the margins of powerful institutions. The book also focuses on the (internal) social organisation dynamics, as well as on the simultaneous fight against, and re-production of, practices and processes of social difference and social inequality among migrants themselves.

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Journal of Linguistic Anthropology: Special Issue in Honor of John J. Gumperz (free access)

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JLA201312Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 23.3 (December 2013): Special Issue in Honor of John J. Gumperz. Edited by Marco Jacquemet.

"John J. Gumperz passed away on March 29, 2013. Five months earlier, already in failing health, he managed to come to the 2012 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association to participate in a panel organized to celebrate his 91st birthday. The panel, composed by some of his closest former students and collaborators, engaged in a double movement: looking backward at Gumperz's work and contributions to assess his influence and looking forward at recent developments in the field of linguistic anthropology. All panel contributors shared Gumperz's insistence on ethnographic fieldwork, the importance of investigating communicative boundaries, and an understanding of the role asymmetrical, intergroup talk plays in legitimating power differentials" (Marco Jacquemet, "Introduction" to the special issue).

The entire issue is freely available online at the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology page.

Bassiouney: Language and Identity in Modern Egypt

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Language Identity EgyptBassiouney, Reem: Language and Identity in Modern Egypt. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2014. 416 pp.

The book examines language and identity in modern Egypt using theories from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. How is language used in Egyptian public discourse to illuminate the collective identity of Egyptians? How does this identity relate to language form and content?

Berthoud, Grin & Lüdi, eds. Exploring the Dynamics of Multilingualism

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berthoud-grin-ludi2013Berthoud, Anne-Claude, Grin, François & Lüdi, Georges, eds. Exploring the Dynamics of Multilingualism. John Benjamins, 2003. 440 pp.

This book addresses the meanings and implications of multilingualism and its uses in a context of rapid changes, in Europe and around the world. All types of organisations, including the political institutions of the European Union, universities and private-sector companies must rise to the many challenges posed by operating in a multilingual environment. This requires them, in particular, to make the best use of speakers’ very diverse linguistic repertoires.

The contributions in this volume, which stem from the DYLAN research project financed by the European Commission as part of its Sixth Framework Programme, examine at close range how these repertoires develop, how they change and how actors adapt skilfully the use of their repertoires to different objectives and conditions. These different strategies are also examined in terms of their capacity to ensure efficient and fair communication in a multilingual Europe.

Careful observation of actors’ multilingual practices reveals finely tuned communicational strategies drawing on a wide range of different languages, including national languages, minority languages and lingue franche. Understanding these practices, their meaning and their implications, helps to show in what way and under what conditions they are not merely a response to a problem, but an asset for political institutions, universities and business.

Unger, Krzyzanowski & Wodak (eds.): Multilingual Encounters in Europe's Institutional Spaces

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Unger et al Multilingual EncountersUnger, Johann, Krzyzanowski, Michal & Wodak, Ruth, eds. Multilingual Encounters in Europe's Institutional Spaces. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 256 pp.

Multilingual encounters have been commonplace in many types of institutions, and have become an essential part of supranational institutions such as the EU since their inception.

This volume explores and discusses different ways of researching the discursive dimension of these encounters, and critically examines their relevance to policy, politics and society as a whole. This includes institutions at the local, regional and supranational level. Multilingualism in institutions is currently often seen as an obstacle rather than an opportunity, at least with respect to European public and private spheres.

Multilingua Special Issue "Multilingualism in the Workplace" (Jan. 2014)

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Multilingua33 12-300x214The first 2014 issue of Multilingua has just come out. It is a special issue devoted to Multilingualism at work, guest-edited by Jo Angouri and featuring the following articles:
Multilingua Volume 33, Issue 1-2 (Jan 2014), Special Issue: Multilingualism at work

  • Jo Angouri, Multilingualism in the workplace: Language practices in multilingual contexts
  • Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, Multilingualism in European workplaces
  • Ingrid Piller and Loy Lising, Language, employment, and settlement: Temporary meat workers in Australia (available for open access)
  • Anna Kristina Hultgren, Whose parallellingualism? Overt and covert ideologies in Danish university language policies
  • Dorte Lønsmann, Linguistic diversity in the international workplace: Language ideologies and processes of exclusion
  • Ifigenia Mahili, ‘It’s pretty simple and in Greek …’: Global and local languages in the Greek corporate setting
  • Jo Angouri and Marlene Miglbauer, ‘And then we summarise in English for the others’: The lived experience of the multilingual workplace
  • Marie Nelson, ‘You need help as usual, do you?’: Joking and swearing for collegiality in a Swedish workplace
  • Gunilla Jansson, Bridging language barriers in multilingual care encounters
  • Zhu Hua, Piecing together the ‘workplace multilingualism’ jigsaw puzzle

De Rycker & Don: Discourse and Crisis: Critical perspectives

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DeRickerDon2013De Ricker, Antoon, & Don, Zuraidah Mohd, eds. Discourse and Crisis: Critical perspectives. John Benjamins, 2013. 498 pp.

Discourse and Crisis: Critical perspectives brings together an exciting collection of studies into crisis as text and context, as unfolding process and unresolved problem. Crisis is viewed as a complex phenomenon that – in its prevalence, disruptiveness and (appearance of) inevitability – is both socially produced and discursively constituted. The book offers multiple critical perspectives: in-depth linguistically informed analyses of the discourses of power and collaboration implicated in crisis construal and recovery; detailed examination of the critical role that language plays during the crisis life-cycle; and further problematization of the semiotic-material complexity of crisis and its usefulness as an analytical concept. The research focus is on the discursive and interactive mediation of crisis in organizational, political and media texts. The volume contains contributions from across the world, offering a polyphonic overview of ‘discourse and crisis’ research. This impressive volume will be useful to researchers and academics working on the intersection of crisis, language and communication. It is also of interest to practitioners in organizational management, politics and policy, and media.

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