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1st Edition

Researching Multilingualism
Critical and ethnographic perspectives

ISBN 9781315405346
Published November 10, 2016 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

Researching Multilingualism expertly engages with a new sociolinguistics of multilingualism, taking account of this new communicative order and the particular cultural and social conditions of our times. Seventeen chapters are divided into four sections covering: researching discourses, policies and practices; contemporary mobilities; Researching multilingual communication on-line; Multilingualism in research practice. This state-of-the-art overview of research methodologies in multilingual settings will be of interest for all students and researchers working in the area of multilingualism within Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Education and Communication Studies.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables


Chapter 1: Introduction

Marilyn Martin-Jones and Deirdre Martin

Researching trajectories, multilingual repertoires and identities

Chapter 2: Narrative analysis in migrant and transnational contexts

Mike Baynham and Anna De Fina

Chapter 3: Biographical approaches to research in multilingual settings: Exploring linguistic repertoires.

Brigitta Busch

Chapter 4: The risks and gains of a single case study

Kamran Khan

Chapter 5: Researching student mobility in multilingual Switzerland: Reflections on multi-sited ethnography

Martina Zimmermann

Researching discourses, policies and practices on different scales

Chapter 6: Nexus analysis as scalar ethnography for educational linguistics

Francis Hult

Chapter 7: Critical ethnography of language policy: A semi-confessional tale

David Cassels Johnson

Chapter 8: Investigating visual practices in educational settings: schoolscapes, language

ideologies and organizational cultures

Petteri Laihonen and Tamás Péter Szabó


Researching multilingual communication and multisemioticity online

Chapter 9: Methodologies for researching multilingual online texts and practices

David Barton and Carmen Lee

Chapter 10: Investigating multilingualism and multi-semioticity as communicative resources in social media

Sirpa Leppänen & Samu Kytölä

Chapter 11: Virtual ethnographic approaches to researching multilingualism online.

Helen Kelly-Holmes and Aoife Lenihan

Multilingualism in research practice: voices, identities and researcher reflexivity

Chapter 12: Reflexive ethnographic research practice in multilingual contexts

Marilyn Martin-Jones, Jane Andrews and Deirdre Martin

Chapter 13: Reflexivity in team ethnography: Using researcher vignettes

Angela Creese, Jaspreet Kaur Takhi and Adrian Blackledge

Chapter 14: Researching children's literacy practices and identities in faith settings: multimodal text-making and talk about text as resources for knowledge-building

Vally Lytra, Eve Gregory and Arani Ilankuberan

Chapter 15: Multilingual dynamics in the research process: transcribing and interpreting interactional data

Sabina Vakser

Ethnographic monitoring and critical collaborative analysis for social change

Chapter 16: Countering unequal multilingualism through ethnographic monitoring

Haley De Korne and Nancy H. Hornberger

Chapter 17: Ethnographic monitoring and the study of complexity

Jef Van der Aa & Jan Blommaert

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"For researchers and graduate students interested in pursuing studies related to multilingualism, this is a highly informative work that provides theoretical and methodological forays into many aspects of critical and ethnographic sociolinguistic research. It indeed takes up Blommaert’s call (2010) for innovative conceptual and methodological approaches that can capture the highly complex, mobile and technologised communications in the 21st century."

- Ruth Harnam, The University of Georgia, John Benjamins Publishing Company