Book notice: Receptive Multilingualism: Linguistic analyses, language policies and didactic concepts

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sun Jul 15 01:00:29 UTC 2007

Receptive Multilingualism: Linguistic analyses, language policies and
didactic concepts
Series Title: Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism 6
2007 John Benjamins

Editor: Jan D. ten Thije
Editor: Ludger Zeevaert
Hardback: ISBN: 9027219265 Pages: 343 Price: U.S. $ 90.00

Receptive multilingualism refers to the language constellation in which
interlocutors use their respective mother tongue while speaking to each
other. Since the mid-nineties receptive multilingualism is promoted by the
European commission on par with other possibilities of increasing the
mobility of the European citizens. Throughout the last ten years a marked
increase in the research on this topic has been observable. This volume
reveals new perspectives from different theoretical frameworks on
linguistic analyses of receptive multilingualism in Europe. Case studies
are presented from contemporary settings, along with analyses of historical
examples, theoretical considerations and, finally, descriptions of
didactical concepts established in order to transfer and disseminate
receptive multilingual competence. The book contains results from research
carried out at the Research Center on Multilingualism at the University of
Hamburg as well as contributions by various international scholars working
in the field of receptive multilingualism.

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