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Multilingualism and the Periphery$
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Sari Pietikainen and Helen Kelly-Holmes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945177.001.0001

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Multilingualism and the Periphery

Multilingualism and the Periphery

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Multilingualism and the Periphery

Sari Pietikäinen

Helen Kelly-Holmes

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides a review of three conceptual areas, which are central to the thesis of the volume: core-periphery dynamics, multilingualism, and language ideological processes in relation to minority and indigenous language spaces. Core-periphery dynamics – and how they are imagined – have a significant impact on the way that multilingualism in minority and indigenous language contexts is conceptualized and practised. An unstable model of core-periphery calls for a reassessment of what linguistic and cultural peripheries are, under globalization, and an exploration of how people evaluate and work discursively with these reconfigurations. Minority language sites are subject, by necessity, to various – and often conflicting – language ideologies, norms and practices. The chapter aims to providing a framework for exploring the evolution of language practices which, on the one hand, challenge and disregard the centrist ideology of parallel monolingualism, whilst on the other hand relying on it as a necessary resource.

Keywords:   core-periphery dynamics, language ideologies, minority and indigenous language spaces, sociolinguistics of globalization, discourse studies, multilingualism

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