Introducing Multilingualism: A Social Approach

Authors: Jean-Jacques Weber, Kristine Horner.

Published 2012 by Routledge (Oxon, Canada; Routledge, New York), an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group.

Description: This book is a brand new, comprehensive and user-friendly introduction to the dynamic field of multilingualism. Adopting a compelling social and critical approach, the authors guide readers through the established theories about multilingualism. The book covers language as a social construct, language contact and variation, language and identity, and the differences between individual and societal multilingualism. The authors also provide an alternative approach to studying multilingualism, introducing innovative concepts such as integration, heritage, and language testing. This highly practiacal textbook incorporates a wide range of engaging activities and encourages students to think critically about important social and educational issues. Throughout, the theoretical content is explored through a wide range of case studies from around the world. Clearly argued and widely applicable, this book is essential reading for undergraduate students and post graduate students new to studying multilingualism.  Adapted from Amazon’s book description.