At the heart of this volume lies an exploration of what actually
happens to languages and their users when cultures come into
contact. What actions do supra-national institutions, nation
states, communities and individuals take in response to questions
raised by the increasingly diverse forms of migration experienced
in a globalized world? The volume reveals the profound impact that
decisions made at national and international level can have on the
lives of the individual migrant, language student, or speech
community. Equally, it evaluates the broader ramifications of
actions taken by migrant communities and individual language
learners around issues of language learning, language maintenance
and intercultural contact. Reflecting Jan Blommaert's assertion
that in a world shaped by globalization, what is needed is 'a
theory of language in society... of changing language in a changing
society', this volume argues that researchers must increasingly
seek diverse methodological approaches if they are to do justice to
the diversity of experience and response they encounter.
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