Multilingualism with English

Ulrike Jessner

in Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748619139
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671496 | DOI:
Multilingualism with English

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This chapter discusses the sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism, which are seen to develop in parallel with the changing status of English. The focus on ‘multilingualism with English’ moves from a global to a European-centred perspective, where the status and characteristics of English as a third language, which in many cases is linked to its role as a lingua franca, is considered. Although the main focus of this book rests on the psycholinguistic study of third-language use, the interdependency between linguistic conditions on the societal level and the individual use and knowledge of languages needs to be emphasized. Therefore, the final section addresses some issues that are relevant for both socio- and psycholinguistic aspects of the study of the multilingual individual.

Keywords: sociolinguistics; psycholinguistic study; language use; Europe; third language; multilingualism; lingua franca; English

Chapter.  4748 words. 

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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