Thematising Multilingualism in the Media

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| University of Limerick
| University of the Witwatersrand
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This volume analyses the complex relations between multilingualism and the media: how the media manage multilingualism; how multilingualism is presented and used as media content; and how the media are discursive sites where debates about multilingualism and other language-related issues unfold. It is precisely this inter-relatedness that we want to flag up when we talk about “thematising” multilingualism in the media. More specifically, the focus of this volume is on the empirical and theoretical opportunities and challenges posed by the thematisation of multilingualism in the media. The volume, originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Language and Politics 10:4 (2011), presents a number of case studies from a variety of linguistic, media, political, social, and economic contexts: from print-media debates on trilingual policies in Luxembourg to “new media” discussions about the “sexiness” of Irish or the “national” value of Welsh; from issues of linguistic “authority” and “authenticity” in an American television programme to Wikipedia’s multilingual policy and practice.
[Benjamins Current Topics, 49]  2013.  v, 151 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Thematising multilingualism in the media
Helen Kelly-Holmes and Tommaso M. Milani
1–22
Articles
Media representations of multilingual Luxembourg: Constructing language as a resource, problem, right and duty
Kristine Horner
23–42
Sex, lies and thematising Irish: New media, old discourses?
Helen Kelly-Holmes
43–66
“What an un-wiki way of doing things”: Wikipedia’s multilingual policy and metalinguistic practice
Astrid Ensslin
67–93
Sociolinguistic diversity in mainstream media: Authenticity, authority and processes of mediation and mediatization
Alexandra Jaffe
95–119
Unity in disunity: Centripetal and centrifugal tensions on the BBC Voices website
Tommaso M. Milani, Bethan Davies and Will Turner
121–147
Index
149–152
“This volume addresses the many – frequently creative – ways in which linguistic diversity is represented in the media (both traditional media as well as new social media), for the first time in such an innovative linguistic, detailed, systematic and comprehensive way. Thus, salient questions such as the management of multilingualism and metalinguistic comments about linguistic diversity are investigated as well as technical issues such as dubbing of films or issues of subtitling. Moreover, case studies illustrate how the specific national language policies interact with policies of media outlets and identity politics, i.e. the discursive construction of individual as well as collective multilingual identities. A ‘must read’ for everybody as multilingualism has become an inherent and necessary characteristic of everyday and institutional discourses in our globalised world.”
“Kelly-Holmes and Milani have provided a valuable synthesis of critical sociolinguistic research on mass media, but also a range of stimulating original new frameworks and perspectives. The volume is a theoretically rich interpretation of what media 'do' with linguistic diversity and multilingualism, based on well-chosen case studies. It is a persuasive demonstration of why sociolinguistic theorising must orient to mass media, and why media research needs sociolinguistics.”
“The close and detailed analyses of situated discursive practices in the media have made valuable literature to the field on multilingualism and the media.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFA – Philosophy of language
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013010419