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Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (Second Edition)

2006, Pages 129-133

Migration and Language

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This article gives an overview of the linguistic consequences of transnational and national migration: language diversification and spread, language contact, dialect leveling and the formation of new dialects in urban contexts and overseas territories, language shift and maintenance, bilingualism, code-switching, language formation, and second language acquisition. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of transnational migration and the formation of global cities, and outlines language policy responses to migration (assimilation policies vs. multicultural policies). Migrant communities are seen as ‘new’ ethnic minorities which have rights and needs comparable to those of ‘historic’ indigenous minorities.

bilingualism code-switching dialect levelling koinézation language contact language diversification language in education language maintenance language policy language shift language spread minority languages new dialects pidgin/creole languages second language acquisition

Ana Deumert is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and currently Research Director of Monash's Language and Society Centre. Her book publications include Language standardization and language change. The dynamics of Cape Dutch, A dictionary of sociolinguistics (with R Mesthrie, T Lillis, and J Swann), Germanic standardizations. Past to present (co-ed. with W Vandenbussche), and Introducing sociolinguistics (with R Mesthrie, W L Leap, and J Swann). Her current research interests are historical linguistics and language change, language contact, language policy and standardization, and language and migration.

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