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Handbook of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism (Zarate, Lévy, Kramsch)

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 23 Apr 2011

2010, Editions des Archives contemporaines, ISBN : 9782813000392

Built around the concept of linguistic and cultural plurality, this book defines language as an instrument of action and symbolic power. Plurality is conceived here as:

- a complex array of voices, perspectives and approaches that seeks to preserve the complexity of the multilingual and multicultural enterprise, including language learning and teaching.
- a coherent system of relationships among various languages, research traditions and research sites that informs qualitative methods of inquiry into multilingualism and its uses in everyday life.
- a view of language as structured sociohistorical object, observable from several simultaneous spatiotemporal standpoints, such as that of daily interactions or that which sustains the symbolic power of institutions.

This book is addressed to teacher trainers, young researchers, decision makers, teachers concerned with the role of languages in the evolution of societies and educational systems. It aims to elicit discussion by articulating practices, field observations and analyses based on a multidisciplinary conceptual framework.

Claire Kramsch (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Danielle Lévy (University of Macerata, Italy) and Geneviève Zarate (Institut national des langues et civilizations orientales, Paris, France) are involved in directing the work of young researchers and developing teacher trainers at the national, European and international levels. Ninety lecturer-researchers, representing 68 institutions, have joined them to collaborate on this project