Edited by Goro Christoph Kimura and Lisa Fairbrother
[Studies in World Language Problems 7] 2020
► pp. 49–67
Chapter 3. Research perspectives from East Asia
Language management in contact situations
This paper presents an overview of language management in contact situations which typically involve speakers of unbalanced language ability. Rather than trying to give a comprehensive coverage of how the concept of language management has been applied to the study of contact situations, the focus here is a discussion of the theoretical significance of the concept of contact situations for the study of language management. Apart from situations involving what has been traditionally referred to as native and non-native speakers, it is suggested that further investigation into the complexity of contact situations involving speakers of diverse language backgrounds can not only contribute to the development of the theory of language management but also the broader field of language studies.