2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism

Edited By Carolyn McKinney, Pinky Makoe, Virginia Zavala Copyright 2024
    528 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism provides a comprehensive survey of the field of multilingualism for a global readership and an overview of the research which situates multilingualism in its social, cultural and political context. This fully revised edition not only updates several of the original chapters but introduces many new ones that enrich contemporary debates in the burgeoning field of multilingualism. 

    With a decolonial perspective and including leading new and established contributors from different regions of the globe, the handbook offers a critical overview of the interdisciplinary field of multilingualism, providing a range of central themes, key debates and research sites for a global readership. Chapters address the profound epistemological and ontological challenges and shifts produced since the first edition in 2012.

    The handbook includes an introduction, five parts with 28 chapters and an afterword. The chapters are structured around sub-themes, such as Coloniality and Multilingualism, Concepts and Theories in Multilingualism, and Multilingualism and Education. This ground-breaking text is a crucial resource for researchers, scholars and postgraduate students interested in multilingualism from areas such as sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, anthropology and education.


    List of contributors

    Introduction: Critical and decolonial approaches to multilingualism in global perspective

    Carolyn McKinney, Virginia Zavala and Pinky Makoe

    PART 1

    Coloniality and Multilingualism

    1. Lessons for decolonization from pre-colonial translingualism

    Indika Liyanage and Suresh Canagarajah

    2. Looking at multilingualisms from the Global South

    Sinfree Makoni and Alastair Pennycook

    3. (De)colonial multilingual/multimodal practices: Resisting and re-existing voices from Latin America

    Mario E. López-Gopar, Lorena Córdova-Hernández and Jorge Valtierra Zamudio

    4. Raciolinguistic ideologies

    Frances Kvietok Dueñas and Sofía Chaparro

    5. Unequal Englishes in the Global South

    Ruanni Tupas

    PART 2

    Concepts and Theories in Multilingualism

    6. Materialities and ontologies: Thinking multilingualism through language materiality, post-humanism and new materialism

    Catherine Kell and Gabrielle Budach

    7. Translanguaging and trans-semiotising

    Marianne Turner and Angel M.Y. Lin

    8. Multilingualism and Multimodality

    Robyn Tyler and Beatha Set

    9. Indigenous language and education rights

    Stephen May

    10. Linguistic Citizenship

    Christopher Stroud

    11. Multilingual Literacies

    Dorris S. Warriner, Anjanette Griego and Agra Rajapakse 

    12. Digital Multilingualism

    Sirpa Leppänen and Shaila Sultana

    PART 3

    Multilingualism and Education

    13. Indigenous education and multilingualism: Global perspectives and local experiences

    Susana Ayala, Julieta Briseño-Roa and Elsie Rockwell

    14. Multilingualism and languages of learning and teaching in post-colonial Sub-Saharan Africa

    Feliciano Chimbutane

    15. Decolonizing multilingual pedagogies

    Prem Phyak, Maite T. Sánchez, Leketi Makalela and Ofelia García

    16. Opening (up) spaces for multilingual learning and teaching practices in South African Higher Education: A decolonial perspective

    Kate le Roux and Pinky Makoe

    17. Translanguaging pedagogies in the Global South: Review of classroom practices and interventions

    Yonas Asfaha, Massimiliano Spotti and Khalid Idris

    18. Language education and the COVID-19 global pandemic

    Kathryn Henderson, Zhonfeng Tian, Bedrettin Yazan, Fabiana Stalnaker and Madhavi Usgaonker

    PART 4

    Multilingualism in Social and Cultural Change

    19. Multilingualism, the new economy and the neoliberal governance of speakers

    Luisa Martín Rojo

    20. Sociolinguistics and (in)securitisation as another mode of governance

    Ben Rampton, Daniel N. Silva and Constadina Charalambous

    21. The multilingualism of global academic research and communication practices

    Mary Jane Curry, Theresa Lillis, Adel Alsheri, Onesmo Mushi and Xiatinghan Xu

    22. Multilingualism and hip hop

    Quentin Williams

    23. Media as sites of multilingualism

    Patience Afrakoma hMensa and Helen Kelly-Holmes

    PART 5

    Multilingualism in Public Life

    24. Multilingualism in the workplace: issues of space and social order

    Kamilla Kraft and Mi-Cha Flubacher

    25. Multilingualism during disasters and emergencies

    Jia Li, Jie Zhang and Ingrid Piller

    26. Multilingualism in asylum and migration procedures

    Katrijn Maryns, Laura Smith-Khan and Marie Jacobs

    27. Multilingualism and translation

    Philipp Angermeyer

    28. Multilingualism and linguistic landscapes

    Felix Banda and Gabriel Simungala

    29. Afterword

    Marilyn Martin-Jones



    Carolyn McKinney is Professor in Language Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Pinky Makoe is Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Curriculum Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Virginia Zavala is Professor of Sociolinguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima.

    The new edition of this Handbook brings a much needed critical and decolonising angle to the study of multilingualism. The expanded coverage ensures that it is a valuable resource for scholars of different backgrounds and an essential reference for many years to come.

    -- Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education, UK