1st Edition

Multilingualism across the Lifespan

Edited By Unn Røyneland, Robert Blackwood Copyright 2022
    272 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This innovative collection examines key questions on language diversity and multilingualism running through contemporary debates in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

    Reinforcing interdisciplinary conversations on these themes, each chapter is co-authored by two different researchers, often those who have not written together before. The combined effect is a volume showcasing unique and dynamic perspectives on such topics as multilingualism across the lifespan, bilingual acquisition, family language policy, language and ageing, language shift, language and identity, and multilingualism and language impairment. The book builds on Elizabeth Lanza’s pioneering work on multilingualism across the lifespan, bringing together cutting-edge research exploring multilingualism as an evolving phenomenon at landmarks in individuals’, families’, and communities’ lives. Taken together, the book offers a rich portrait of the different facets of multilingualism as a lived reality for individuals, families, and communities.

    This ground-breaking volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars in multilingualism, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.



    Preface by Marilyn Martin-Jones

    Introduction Robert Blackwood and Unn Røyneland

    Part One – Bilingual acquisition – methodological and theoretical advances

    1. Child Language Assessment across Different Multilingual Contexts:

    Insights and challenges from South and North

    Hanne Gram Simonsen and Frenette Southwood

    2. Developmental Perspectives on Parents’ Use of Discourse Strategies with Bilingual Children

    Annick De Houwer and Janice Nakamura

    3. The Role of the Input in the Acquisition of Code-Switching

    Shannon Phillips and Margaret Deuchar

    Part Two – Language Practices and Policies in the Family

    4. Language Development, Discourse, and Politics: Family language policy foundations and current directions

    Kendall King and Xiao-Lan Curdt-Christiansen

    5. Family Time(s): Migrant temporalities in Family Language Planning in the urban African South

    Christine Anthonissen and Christopher Stroud

    6. From "Civilising Missions" to Indigenous Language Reclamation: Language policy, language shift and maintenance in Australia and Norway

    Pia Lane and Gillian Wigglesworth

    Part Three – Bilingual Ageing – Communication and Cognitive Impairments


    7. Where have all my languages gone? Aging and the changing multilingual linguistic ecology

    Ng Bee Chin and Francesco Cavallaro

    8. Fostering Storytelling by Persons with Dementia in Multiparty Conversation Jan Svennevig and Heidi Hamilton

    9. Assessment challenges in Acquired Aphasia in Multilingual Individuals Monica Norvik and Mira Goral

    10. Pathological Language Switching/Mixing and its Relationship to Domain-General Cognitive Control

    Valantis Fyndanis and Minna Lehtonen

    Part Four – Concluding Remarks

    11. Carving New Spaces in the Study of Individual Multilingualism Across the Lifespan

    Lourdes Ortega


    List of Contributors

    List of Figures

    List of Tables




     Unn Røyneland is Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics and Deputy Director of the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Robert Blackwood is Professor of French Sociolinguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool, UK.