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Title: Sociolinguistic Studies: December 2008
Contributor(s): Ellis, Elizabeth M  (editor)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: Some may find it strange to see a special journal issue on monolingualism. After all, is it not bilinguals and multilinguals who present the more interesting questions? It certainly seems so, for research has concentrated on their linguistic, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic make-up. The implication of this is that monolingualism is the norm, and that bilingualism and multilingualism constitute abnormal states which merit investigation; even though this idea sits oddly with the belief of most linguists that the majority of the world's population is bi- or multilingual, and that therefore monolingualism may be the exception rather than the norm. There is little systematic investigation of monolingualism: Romaine pointed out in 1995 that she would find it strange to see a book with the title 'Monolingualism'. This special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies carries just such a title, and the papers it includes represent an attempt to explore the phenomenon of monolingualism from a number of different perspectives.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Sociolinguistic Studies, 2(3), p. 331-458
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1750-8657
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Category Description: C6 Editorship of a Scholarly Journal
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