Researching Language in Superdiverse Urban Contexts Exploring Methodological and Theoretical Concepts Edited by: Clare Mar-Molinero

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30 Sep 2020
Researching Multilingually
Multilingual Matters
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This book contributes to understanding research approaches for studying multilingualism in the context of contemporary superdiversity, in environments that are being dramatically transformed by transnational migration and movement of peoples. It explores language in urban contexts: the city as a site for experimentation and creativity in language practices. This involves considering theoretical frameworks in which to examine these practices, but above all, it focuses on how we do, or could do, research into these language practices and their users. What methodologies are we using to understand urban linguistic contexts? What do we want to learn? The chapters explore complex and challenging situations, capturing the evolution of new forms of language practice and changing attitudes to language in the city.


This book is a much needed addition to the expanding literature on multilingualism in the city. It offers fascinating accounts of the sociolinguistic situations in a range of communities. It also develops innovative methodological approaches that will be very useful for future research on linguistic superdiversity in urban contexts.

- Li Wei, University College London, UK

Author Biography:

Clare Mar-Molinero is Professor of Spanish Sociolinguistics at the University of Southampton, UK. Her research interests include urban multilingualism, language policy, language ideologies, transnational migration, and language and globalisation – particularly in the Spanish-speaking world.

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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