Multilingual Identities: New Global Perspectives

by Inke Du Bois (Volume editor) Nicole Baumgarten (Volume editor)
©2013 Conference proceedings 179 Pages


The contributions in this volume shed light on lived multilingualism around the globe. A small, but still representative selection of the multitude of migrant experiences, all studies share the intertwining of geographical mobility and non-mainstream linguistic practices which serves as a resource of agency and promotes alternative multiple identities of the immigrant speakers. This volume is based on the two core tenets of sociolinguistic identity research. First, it accepts the idea that identities or sub-identities are in a sense pre-given and can be formulated through membership categories. Second, identities are viewed as being enacted and performed, thus constituting social realities. In the social construction of identity, national and linguistic boundaries dissolve. The originating countries of the participants (and/or their ancestors) in the studies of this volume include Argentina, Ethiopia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Morocco, the Phillipines, Korea, Kazakhstan, Suriname and India. The countries of immigration include Germany, the USA, Israel, France and the Netherlands.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2013 (June)
Migration Language Crossing Identity style shifting Code-Switching
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 179 pp., 1 b/w fig., 10 tables, 7 graphs

Biographical notes

Inke Du Bois (Volume editor) Nicole Baumgarten (Volume editor)

Inke Du Bois studied English and Spanish Linguistics at the universities of Kiel (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain). She received her MA in English Linguistics from San Francisco State University (USA) and her doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Hamburg University (Germany). She currently works as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Bremen. Her research interests include multilingualism, youth migrant ethnolect and linguistic profiling in urban settings. Nicole Baumgarten studied English Philology, Modern and Medieval History, and Law at the universities of Kiel and Aberdeen (UK) and Sociology at the University of Hamburg. She received her MA degree in English Philology from the University of Kiel and her Dr. phil. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hamburg. She currently holds a position as an Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Denmark at Sønderborg. Her research interests lie in the areas of non-native English and English as a Lingua Franca, identity construction in L2 discourse and language contact.


Title: Multilingual Identities: New Global Perspectives