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1st Edition

Spaces of Multilingualism

ISBN 9780367646899
Published October 26, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This innovative collection explores critical issues in understanding multilingualism as a defining dimension of identity creation and negotiation in contemporary social life.

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 rethinking of language policy, testing of language rights, language pedagogy, meaning-making, and activism in the linguistic landscape. The book explores multilingualism through the lenses of spaces and policies as embodied in Elizabeth Lanza’s body of work in the field, with a focus on the latest research on linguistic landscapes in diverse settings. Taken together, the book offers a window into better understanding issues around processes of change in and of languages and societies.

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

Table of Contents



Preface by Marilyn Martin-Jones

Introduction Robert Blackwood and Unn Røyneland

Part One – Rethinking the Context

1.     Language Policy: Taking stock in a changing context 

Li Wei and Helen Kelly-Holmes

2.     Language, Pedagogy, and Active Participant Engagement: Gaze in the multilingual landscape Elana Shohamy and Alastair Pennycook

Part Two – Interactions, Ideologies, and Identities

3.     Contesting Stereotypes: Language, Body and Belonging – Northern and Southern perspectives 

Rajend Mesthrie, Toril Opsahl and Unn Røyneland

4.     Narratives, Identities, and Experiences in the Discourse of Migrants 

Anna De Fina, Anne Golden and Ingebjørg Tonne

5.     Securing Understanding in a Second Language: Communication of rights in investigative interviews in the USA and Norway 

Paweł Urbanik and Aneta Pavlenko

Part Three – Linguistic Landscapes

6.     English in Norwegian and Ethiopian Linguistic Landscapes: Returning to symbolic language use 

Robert Blackwood, Janne Bondi Johanessen and Binyam Sisay Mendisu

7.     "High Culture at Street Level": Oslo’s Ibsen Sitat and the ethos of egalitarian nationalism 

Adam Jaworski and Kellie Gonçalves

8.     Small shop signs in Cape Town and Hamburg: Situated semiosis and semiotic creativity in North and South

Jannis Androutsopoulos and Ana Deumert

9.     Global and Local Forces in Multilingual Landscapes: A study of a local market 

Durk Gorter, Jasone Cenoz, and Karin van der Worp

Part Four – Concluding remarks 


10.    Besides Hegemonic Multilingualism: Making Space for Little Stories and Complex Biographies 

Crispin Thurlow

List of Contributors

List of Figures

List of Tables


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

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.