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Language policies and super-diversity in contemporary urban societies: the case of the city of Southampton

Language policies and super-diversity in contemporary urban societies: the case of the city of Southampton
Language policies and super-diversity in contemporary urban societies: the case of the city of Southampton
Our aim here is to investigate the multilingual ‘super-diverse’ environment of Southampton City’s work places, in public and private sector sites, and to observe how speakers interact and use their linguistic competences; whether this facilitates communication and social/professional integration, or whether this produces obstacles and discrimination. We assess how far explicit or implicit language policies operate in the workplace, be they local to the establishment, or influences from governmental (local or state) directives, and what factors drive such policies. We discuss how far these policies co-exist in what Spolsky [2012. Family language policy – the critical domain. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 33(1), 3–13] describes as ‘chaotic and non-hierarchical’ domains, operating from grassroots communities, or being principally ‘top-down’ directives from those in authority.
1466-4208
149-165
Cadier, Linda
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Mar-Molinero, Clare
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Cadier, Linda
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Mar-Molinero, Clare
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Cadier, Linda and Mar-Molinero, Clare (2012) Language policies and super-diversity in contemporary urban societies: the case of the city of Southampton. Current Issues in Language Planning, 13 (3), 149-165. (doi:10.1080/14664208.2012.722376).

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Our aim here is to investigate the multilingual ‘super-diverse’ environment of Southampton City’s work places, in public and private sector sites, and to observe how speakers interact and use their linguistic competences; whether this facilitates communication and social/professional integration, or whether this produces obstacles and discrimination. We assess how far explicit or implicit language policies operate in the workplace, be they local to the establishment, or influences from governmental (local or state) directives, and what factors drive such policies. We discuss how far these policies co-exist in what Spolsky [2012. Family language policy – the critical domain. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 33(1), 3–13] describes as ‘chaotic and non-hierarchical’ domains, operating from grassroots communities, or being principally ‘top-down’ directives from those in authority.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 24 September 2012
Published date: December 2012
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities

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Local EPrints ID: 349284
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/349284
ISSN: 1466-4208
PURE UUID: 5ec8f5bc-033d-40d1-8dbf-e6138690ff0e

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Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:42

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Author: Linda Cadier

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