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New publication: World English(es) and the Multilingual Turn


Zuletzt aktualisiert: 12 Feb 2017

Frameworks of Complex Phenomena

Author(s): Annalisa Bonomo

Contributors: Annalisa Bonomo

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2307-4

ISBN-10: 1-4438-2307-4

Date of Publication: 01/02/2017

Pages / Size: 135 / A5

Book Description

The recent multilingual turn involves various different implicit and explicit language policies, urging pressure and resistance with regard to the spread of English and its dominant relationships with other national languages. As such, this book considers the social value of communication as the basis of multilingualism and of the evolution of language systems.

The data presented here show English as being in the middle of the double “listening” of cultural mediation and the imperfect “magnifying” glass of translation, with worldwide Standard English being but one of the many other related varieties which enjoy prestige on a large scale. These varieties may be identified according to different features which make the plural “world Englishes” an umbrella term with blurred edges.

New approaches to dialects study have been developed in recent decades, and cartographic mapping has overlapped with the emergence of a new dialectology which deals with the description of language phenomena as complex concepts, where “complexity” provides a challenging framework for investigation and research of languages as dynamic systems made up of variables which mutually influence each other. Thus, dialectometry, dialectology and standardization become interesting tools for measuring linguistic differences, establishing language typologies and endorsing read more