Block: Social Class in Applied Linguistics

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Block2014Block, David. Social Class in Applied Linguistics. Routledge, 2014. 210 pp.

In this ground breaking new book David Block proposes a new working definition of social class in applied linguistics.

Traditionally, research on language and identity has focused on aspects such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religion and sexuality. Political economy, and social class, as an identity inscription, have been undervalued. This book argues that increasing socioeconomic inequality, which has come with the consolidation of neoliberal policies and practices worldwide, requires changes in how we think about identity and proposes that social class should be brought to the fore as a key construct.

Mihas et alii (eds.): Responses to Language Endangerment

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Elena Mihas, Bernard Perley, Gabriel Rei-Doval & Kathleen Wheatley, eds. Responses to Language Endangerment: In Honor of Mickey Noonan. New directions in language documentation and language revitalization. John Benjamins, 2013, 273 pp.

TMihasEtAl2013his volume further complicates and advances the contemporary perspective on language endangerment by examining the outcomes of the most commonly cited responses to language endangerment, i.e. language documentation, language revitalization, and training. The present collection takes stock of many complex and pressing issues, such as the assessment of the degree of language endangerment, the contribution of linguistic scholarship to language revitalization programs, the creation of successful language reclamation programs, the emergence of languages that arise as a result of revitalization efforts after interrupted transmission, the ethics of fieldwork, and the training of field linguists and language educators. The volume’s case studies provide detailed personal accounts of fieldworkers and language activists who are grappling with issues of language documentation and revitalization in the concrete physical and socio-cultural settings of native speaker communities in different regions of the world.

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Duchêne, Moyer & Roberts, eds.: Language, Migration and Social Inequalities

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DucheneMoyerRoberts2013.jpgAlexandre Duchêne, Melisa G. Moyer and Celia Roberts, eds. Language, Migration and Social Inequalities. A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work. Multilingual Matters, 2013.

Migration and the mobility of citizens around the globe pose important challenges to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity that nation-states rely on for defining their physical boundaries and identity, as well as the rights and obligations of their citizens. A new social order resulting from neoliberal economic practices, globalisation and outsourcing also challenges traditional ways the nation-state has organized its control over the people who have typically travelled to a new country looking for work or better life chances. This collection provides an account of the ways language addresses core questions concerning power and the place of migrants in various institutional and workplace settings. It brings together contributions from a range of geographical settings to understand better how linguistic inequality is (re)produced in this new economic order.

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Llengua i complexitat, núm. 11 de la revista Llengua, Societat i Comunicació

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LSCS’ha publicat l’onzè número de la revista electrònica Llengua, Societat i Comunicació (LSC), del Centre Universitari de Sociolingüística i Comunicació (CUSC) de la Universitat de Barcelona.

L’objectiu de Llengua, Societat i Comunicació és posar a l’abast de la societat el treball realitzat en el món universitari per tal que pugui revertir-hi d’una manera pràctica. La publicació del número actual, titulat «Llengua i complexitat», pretén donar un impuls a la formulació i difusió del fenomen de la complexitat, sobretot pel que fa a la seva aplicació sobre els fets sociocognitius relacionats amb el llenguatge.

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Pinto-Coelho & Carvalho (eds.): Academics Responding to Discourses of Crisis in Higher Education and Research

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PintoCoelhoCarvalho2013Zara Pinto-Coelho & Anabela Carvalho, eds. Academics Responding to Discourses of Crisis in Higher Education and Research. CECS - Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade, Universidade do Minho, 2013. ebook

"The University as an idea, as a project, is being transformed. What are its specificitiesin the present days? Do universities still have a public task? What are the appropriate functions of higher education? What are the purposes of teaching and research? What counts as relevant knowledge and what counts as an appropriate higher education? Is the age of Universities (late 11th c-early 21st c.) in the West getting to a close? Whose discourses are achieving dominance?

Terralingua Langscape Volume 2, Issue 12

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(from our Terralingua Ubuntu Membership website)

Terralingua Langscape Volume 2, Issue 12

Emerging Paradigms in a Changing World
Biocultural approaches to conservation, education, development and economics.

With Guest Editor: Felipe Montoya Greenheck 

Biocultural Diversity is a living network made up of the millions of species of plants and animals and the thousands of human cultures and languages that have evolved on earth. Languages, cultures, and ecosystems are interdependent. They are bound together through the myriad ways — material, social, and spiritual — in which people have interacted with the natural environment.

Argumentation et Analyse du Discours: numéro 11 en ligne

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