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Linguistic Awareness in MultilingualsEnglish as a Third Language$
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Ulrike Jessner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619139

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619139.001.0001

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Multilingualism with English

Multilingualism with English

(p.1) Chapter 1 Multilingualism with English
Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals

Ulrike Jessner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism, which are seen to develop in parallel with the changing status of English. The focus on ‘multilingualism with English’ moves from a global to a European-centred perspective, where the status and characteristics of English as a third language, which in many cases is linked to its role as a lingua franca, is considered. Although the main focus of this book rests on the psycholinguistic study of third-language use, the interdependency between linguistic conditions on the societal level and the individual use and knowledge of languages needs to be emphasized. Therefore, the final section addresses some issues that are relevant for both socio- and psycholinguistic aspects of the study of the multilingual individual.

Keywords:   sociolinguistics, psycholinguistic study, language use, Europe, third language, multilingualism, lingua franca, English

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