The Sociolinguistics of Globalization

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 8, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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Human language has changed in the age of globalization: no longer tied to stable and resident communities, it moves across the globe, and it changes in the process. The world has become a complex 'web' of villages, towns, neighbourhoods and settlements connected by material and symbolic ties in often unpredictable ways. This phenomenon requires us to revise our understanding of linguistic communication. In The Sociolinguistics of Globalization Jan Blommaert constructs a theory of changing language in a changing society, reconsidering locality, repertoires, competence, history and sociolinguistic inequality.
 

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Contents

1 A critical sociolinguistics of globalization
1
2 A messy new marketplace
28
3 Locality the periphery and images of the world
63
4 Repertoires and competence
102
5 Language globalization and history
137
6 Old and new inequalities
153
7 Reflections
180
Notes
199
References
202
Index
209
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About the author (2010)

Jan Blommaert is Professor of Linguistic Anthropology in the Department of Language and Culture Studies at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.