1st Edition

Multilingualism, Discourse, and Ethnography

Edited By Sheena Gardner, Marilyn Martin-Jones Copyright 2012
    370 Pages
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Over the last twenty years, sociolinguistic research on multilingualism has been transformed. Two processes have been at work: first, an epistemological shift to a critical ethnographic approach, which has contributed to a larger turn toward post-structuralist perspectives on social life. Second, the effects of globalization—transnational population flows, new communication technologies, transformations in the political and economic landscape—have sparked increasing concern about the implications of these changes for our understanding of the relationship between language and society.

    A new sociolinguistics of multilingualism is being forged: one that takes account of the new communicative order, while retaining a central concern with the processes in the construction of social difference. The contributors to this volume have been at the forefront of these epistemological shifts. They write here about the conceptual and methodological challenges posed by these shifts, and the profound changes that we are witnessing in the late modern era.

    Selected Contents: Introduction: Multilingualism, discourse and ethnography Marilyn Martin-Jones and Sheena Gardner  Section 1: Linking local practices to wider social processes  Introduction Li Wei  1. Rethinking sociolinguistic ethnography: from community and identity to process and practice Monica Heller  2. Sociolinguistic perspectives on language and multilingualism in institutions Melissa G. Moyer  3. Unpicking agency in sociolinguistic research with migrants David Block  Section 2: Researching identities and identities in research practice  Introduction Marilyn Martin-Jones  4. Pontian Greek adolescents: the negotiation of identities in an urban context in northern Greece Eleni Mariou  5. Negotiation of identities across times and spaces Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese  6. Authenticity, legitimacy and power: critical ethnography and identity politics Frances Giampapa  Section 3: Taking account of trajectories: multilingualism across social spaces Introduction Monica Heller  7. Cultural geography and the re-theorization of sociolinguistic space Mike Baynham  8. Diaspora youth, ancestral languages, and English as ‘translation’ in multilingual space Gill Cressey  Section 4: Developing visual and semiotic perspectives on multilingualism  Introduction Mark Sebba  9. Material ethnographies of multilingualism: Linguistic landscapes in the township of Khayelitsha Christopher Stroud and Sibonile Mpendukana  10. Experiences and expressions of multilingualism: visual ethnography and discourse analysis in research with Sámi children Sari Pietikäinen  11. Ethnographic perspectives on multilingual computer-mediated discourse: insights from Finnish football forums on the Web Samu Kytölä and Jannis Androutsopoulos  12. Multilingual Nation online? Possibilities and constraints on the BBC Voices website Bethan Davies, Tommaso M. Milani and Will Turner  13. English as an Additional Language policy-rendered theory and classroom interaction Constant Leung  14. Young learner perspectives through researcher-initiated role play Aizan Yaacob and Sheena Gardner  15. Doing research in multilingual schools: Shifting research positioning in response to dialogic methods Carla Jonsson  16. Ideologies and issues of access in multilingual school ethnography: a French example Florence Bonacina  Section 6: Building researcher-researched relationships  Introduction Angela Creese  17. The advantages of research in familiar locales, viewed from the perspectives of researcher and researched: reflections on ethnographic fieldwork in Mozambique Feliciano Chimbutane  18. A critical linguistic ethnographic approach to language disabilities in multilingual families Deirdre Martin  19. ‘Part of the puzzle’: the retrospective interview as reflexive practice in collaborative ethnographic research Gabriele Budach  20. Collaborative practice, linguistic anthropological inquiry and the mediation between researcher and practitioner discourses Alexandra Jaffe


    Sheena Gardner is Head of the Department of English and Languages at Coventry University, UK.

    Marilyn Martin-Jones is Emeritus Professor and former Director of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism at the University of Birmingham, UK.