two new books on multilingualism and (national and transnational) identities

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Multilingual Encounters in Europe's Institutional Spaces
Editors: Johann Unger, Michal Krzyzanowski, Ruth Wodak

Multilingual encounters have been commonplace in many types of institutions, and have become an essential part of supranational institutions such as the EU since their inception. This volume explores and discusses different ways of researching the discursive dimension of these encounters, and critically examines their relevance to policy, politics and shociety as a whole. This includes institutions at the local, regional and supranational level.

Multilingualism in institutions is currently often seen as an obstacle rather than an opportunity, at least with respect to European public and private spheres. The volume asks:
- exactly how is multilingualism conceptualized and talked about in different institutions?
- how do different institutions 'deal' with multilingualism, both internally and externally?
- what are the policy making rules and challenges for the future for various institutions with respect to multilingualism?

Table of Contents

Introduction: Encountering Multilingualism in Europe's Institutions, Johann W Unger, Michal Krzyzanowski and Ruth Wodak

Part I: Private sector institutions

2. Language management measures and their impact in companies operating in a context of linguistic diversity, Georges Lüdi (University of Basel)

3. Language choice and participation management in international work meetings, Vicky Markaki, Sara Merlino, Lorenza Mondada, Florence Oloff and Véronique Traverso (ICAR Research Lab, Lyon)

Part II: National and supranational (political) institutions

4. The state's instrumentalisation of linguistic diversity: Swiss multilingualism as a national profit? Alexandre Duchêne (University of Fribourg) and Alfonso Del Percio (University of St Gallen)

5. Multilingual Communication in Europe's Supranational Spaces: Developments and Challenges in European Union Institutions, Michal Krzyzanowski (Örebro University)

6. The European Parliament: Multilingual Experiences in the Everyday Life of MEPs, Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University)

7. Multilingual practices in the European Commission, Bernhard Forchtner (Freie Universtät Berlin)

Part III: Educational institutions

8. 'It's like winning the lottery': Discourses of aspiration and distinction in the local school economy, Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese (Birmingham University)

9. The genealogy of educational change: educating to capitalise migrant students, Luisa Martín Rojo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

10. Negotiating Multilingualism in Flemish Higher Education, Frank van Splunder (University of Antwerp)

11. Building a multilingual university in institutional policies and everyday practices, Emilee Moore (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya) and Luci Nussbaum (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)



  ISBN:   9781441168818

  Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic

Language and Identity in Modern Egypt by Reem Bassiouney  (Edinburgh University Press) is now available: The book,

Examines language and identity in modern Egypt using theories from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics
How is language used in Egyptian public discourse to illuminate the collective identity of Egyptians? How does this identity relate to language form and content? Reem Bassiouney explores these questions by drawing on sources including newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, films, school textbooks, TV talk-shows, poetry and novels
As well as furthering our understanding of the relationship between identity and language, this book yields insights about the intricate ways in which media and public discourse help shape and outline identity through linguistic processes.
Key Features

  *   Offers an in-depth study of identity in modern Egyptian public discourse
  *   Focuses on nationalist discourse before, during and after the Egyptian revolution of 2011
  *   Based on a broad, and representative selection of data
  *   Helps us to decode and understand the messages put forward by the competing factions in Egyptian politics

Reem Bassiouney (DPhil, Oxon.) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at The American University of Cairo. Her academic books include, Functions of Code-Switching in Egypt (2006), Arabic Sociolinguistics (2008), Arabic and the Media (2010), Arabic Language and Linguistics 2012 (co-ed). Her research and publications focus on topics in Arabic sociolingusitics, including code-switching, language and gender, leveling, register, language policy, and discourse analysis. She is also an award winning novelist.
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