- The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society
- List of Contributors
- Introduction—Language and Society: A Critical Poststructuralist Perspective
- Language and Society: Historical Overview and the Emergence of a Field of Study
- Language, Imperialism, and the Modern Nation-State System: Implications for Language Rights
- Language and Political Economy
- Language and Power
- Language Ideologies
- Language Policy and Local Practices
- Language, Migration, Diaspora: Challenging the Big Battalions of Groupism
- Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Globalization, and Superdiversity: Toward Sociolinguistic Repertoires
- Diglossia and Beyond
- Language Shift and Sustainability: Critical Discourses and Beyond
- Discourses of Endangerment from Mother Tongues to Machine Readability
- Sign Languages
- Multiliteracies and Transcultural Education
- Urban Languages in African Contexts: Toward a Multimodal Approach to Urban Languages
- Indigenous Peoples and Their Languages
- Entry Visa Denied: The Construction of Symbolic Language Borders in Educational Settings
- Linguistic Profiling and Discrimination
- From Elderspeak to Gerontolinguistics: Sociolinguistic Myths
- Language and Racialization
- Language and Sexuality
- Linguistic Landscapes
- The Internet, Language, and Virtual Interactions
- Mediatization and the Language of Journalism
- Bilingual Education
- Conclusion: Moving the Study of Language and Society into the Future
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This chapter discusses some of the early approaches to the study of language in the workplace by presenting how work as an activity is conceptualized within a conversational analysis, as well as from a community of practice perspective. Other approaches that have been important in the field include interactional research, which has been directed to unveiling forms of discrimination and social inequalities in work contexts, and the tradition of oral and written business discourse. The chapter also covers some of the core issues and topics on language and work, with examples that illustrate the sorts of questions and methodological approaches that are at the forefront of current research. Ideas and challenges for future research highlight the importance of the twenty-first-century context where globalization and the new economic order contribute to shaping ways language is used in work settings primarily connected to a service economy where talk plays a primary role.
Melissa G. Moyer is Professor in English Linguistics at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona in Spain, where she leads the CIEN Research Team. Her current research is concerned with multilingualism and mobility in connection to multilingual linguistic practices and processes of social structuration. She has published the edited volume Language Migration and Social Inequality: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work (2013), in collaboration with Alexandre Duchêne and Celia Roberts. She also co-edited the Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (2008), together with Li Wei.
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