Critical Inquiries in the Sociolinguistics of Globalization Edited by: Tyler Andrew Barrett, Sender Dovchin

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26 Feb 2019
Multilingual Matters
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The studies in this collection seek to examine the notions of ‘linguistic diversity’ and ‘hybridity’ through the lenses of new critical theories and theoretical frameworks embedded within the broader discussion of the sociolinguistics of globalization. The chapters include critical inquiries into online/offline languages in society, language users, language learners and language teachers who may operate ‘between’ languages and are faced with decisions to navigate, negotiate and invent or re-invent languages, local and global and virtual spaces. The research took place in contexts that include linguistic landscapes, schools, classrooms, neighborhoods and virtual spaces of Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, South Korea and the USA.


This is a must-read collection for anybody searching for novel ideas in the field of the sociolinguistics of globalisation. This timely and exceptional book recognises diversity both as a challenge and as an opportunity. It focuses on the importance of everyday language practices, as well as other non-linguistic, semiotic and spatial relations. A highly compelling volume which takes a critical inquiry approach to post-multilingual diversity.

- Emi Otsuji, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Relying on sophisticated translanguaging and translingual analytical frameworks, this timely book explores the multiple complementary and conflicting ways global language practices across multiple semiotic modalities are currently performed around the world in different communities. Methodologically, the book is given a strong sense of immediacy, relying heavily as it does on first person narratives as a mode of data elicitation.

- Sinfree Makoni, Pennsylvania State University, USA

This book does a good job in focusing on the sociolinguists of globalization. One of the strengths of the volume is that it contains not only the theory but also the analysis of actual language in different settings.

- Language in Society 49 - Eliane Albuquerque, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This edited volume makes an original contribution to our understanding of translanguaging practices, including some of its shortcomings. The multiple mediums and modalities of meaning making from a wide variety of research sites, including the periphery, provide an excellent survey for students of sociolinguistics and multilingualism who wish to have a detailed picture of the ways globalization
has impacted our current world.

- Journal of Sociolinguistics, 2020 - Melissa G. Moyer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Author Biography:

Tyler Andrew Barrett is an academic who teaches in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of California, Irvine, USA. His research interests include the sociolinguistics of globalization, language ideology, language policy and translingualism.

Sender Dovchin is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, Curtin University, Australia. Her research interests include translingualism, the sociolinguistics of globalization, critical applied linguistics and bi/multilingualism.

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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