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Critical Perspectives on Linguistic Fixity and Fluidity
Languagised Lives

ISBN 9781138602977
Published December 13, 2018 by Routledge
304 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume offers a critical perspective on current views on linguistic fixity and fluidity in sociolinguistics and highlights empirical accounts alternative to prevailing trends in the field. Featuring accounts from a broad range of regional contexts, the collection takes stock of such terms as "polylingualism", "metrolingualism" and "translanguaging" to question perceptions around multilingual and monolingual language use. The book critiques the status of fluid language use as a more "natural" language practice and in turn, its greater potential for corresponding social transformation, demonstrating the value of linguistic fixity and the continuous debate between fixity and fluidity in multilingual speakers' lives. In providing these accounts, the book seeks not to advocate for linguistic fixity or fluidity, but to argue that sociolinguists pay close attention to the way both types of linguistic practice open up or close down avenues for social transformation. This collection is a key reading for graduate students and scholars in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, and linguistic anthropology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fixity and Fluidity in Sociolinguistic Theory and Practice

Jürgen Jaspers and Lian Malai Madsen

Part I: Negotiating Fixity

Chapter 2: Recognizing Languages, Practising Languaging

Janus Spindler Møller

Chapter 3: Languagised Repertoires: How Fictional Languages have Real Effects

Katharina Ruuska

Chapter 4: Lingoing and Everyday Metrolingual Metalanguage

Alastair Pennycook and Emi Otsuji

Part II: Pursuing Real Languages

Chapter 5: Carving out breathing spaces for Galician. New speakers’ investment in monolingual practices

Bernadette O’Rourke

Chapter 6: Transformative Multilingualism? Class, Race and Linguistic Repertoires in Hong Kong

Kara Fleming

Chapter 7: The Symbolic Organization of Languages in a High Prestige School

Thomas Rørbeck Nørreby and Lian Malai Madsen

Part III: The Meaning Potential of Fluid Language

Chapter 8: Inarticulate Voices: Translanguaging in an Ecology of Conflict

Panayiota Charalambous, Constadina Charalambous, and Michalinos Zembylas

Chapter 9: Speaker Perspectives, Linguistic Hybridity, and Language Learning

Ursula Ritzau and Lian Malai Madsen

Part IV: Dilemmas and Dialectics

Chapter 10: The Deliberative Teacher: Wavering between Linguistic Uniformity and Diversity

Jürgen Jaspers

Chapter 11: Register Processes in Contemporary South African Schools:

Dialectics of Fixity and Fluidity

James Collins and Lara-Stephanie Krause

Chapter 12: Discussion: The Elephant in Every Room.

Rob Moore

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Jürgen Jaspers is Associate Professor of Dutch Linguistics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

Lian Malai Madsen is Associate Professor of the Psychology of Language at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.