Linguistic diversity in Sydney (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

Language deficit in super-diversity

The media in Anglophone countries regularly engage in a bit of a bragfest about the linguistic diversity of their cities. In Sydney, ...

For international students, it's sink or swim (Image source: luvimages.com)

Sink-or-swim for international students

It is one of the basic findings of decades of research in bilingual education that language submersion is not a productive way ...

German International School Sydney

How the presence of a bilingual school changes the linguistic profile of a community

It is one of the great narratives of our time that the market will fix everything. In education this means that parental ...

Language needs in the hospitality sector in Pallars Sobirà, Catalonia (Source: paddleinspain.com)

Language strategy in the hospitality sector

Multilingualism means business. The more foreign language skills are availalble to a company, the better it will be prepared to meet customers’ ...

Auburn parking ticket (left: quadrilingual on back; right: city logo on front)

Multilingual mismatch

In Australia with its persistent monolingual mindset coming across any kind of official institutional multilingual communication always feels like a minor triumph. ...

Yangshuo's West Street (Source: chinatravelca)

English in the Global Village

Tourism has been found to be beneficial for minority language maintenance in a number of contexts from around the world. For instance, ...

Schneider, Britta. 2014. Salsa, Language and Transnationalism. Multilingual Matters.

Bodies on the Move: Salsa, Language and Transnationalism

In my post on English in Berlin, I wondered what is required for a language to become ‘local’, and about the perhaps ...

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