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Informalization and Hybridization of Speech Practices

Polylingual Meaning-Making across Domains, Genres, and Media


Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe

Speech practices as discursive practices for meaning-making across domains, genres, and social groups is an under-researched, highly complex field of sociolinguistics. This field has gained momentum after innovative studies of adolescents and young adults with mixed ethnic and language backgrounds revealed that they «cross» language and dialectal or vernacular borders to construct their own hybrid discursive identities. The focus in this volume is on the diversity of emerging hybridizing speech practices through contact with English, predominantly in Europe. Contributions to this collected volume originate from the DFG funded conference on language contact in times of globalization (LCTG4) and from members of the editor’s funded research group «Discursive Multilingualism».

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The publication of this volume has been supported by the European Union (German ERASMUS agency DAAD) as a follow-up project of the 2014 Summer School on Language Contact in Contemporary Europe (organized while the editor was in office as Professor and Chair in English Linguistics, University of Greifswald), and by the THEORIA Scientific Program for the Humanities of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Amei Koll-Stobbe’s, Giulia Berardinelli’s and Marie-Elaine van Egmond’s field studies have been supported by the Kurt von Fritz-Stipendienprogramm THEORIA of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ann-Kathrin Mehrens’ field study was supported by the Mentoring Program for female doctoral students of Greifswald University.

I am indebted to Mathias Köhn for his secretarial support in the finalization of the manuscript. He has been a reliable and loyal assistant in the preparation of many of the volumes of my book series – thank you, so much, Mathias. The illustration on the cover page with the title “Language as Password to Culture” is from Tycho Koll’s exhibition You can read me, Los Angeles/CA Oct 2018. The copyright stays with the artist (© Tycho Koll). Thank you, Tycho, for being in this project.

Greifswald and Kiel, December 2018

Amei Koll-Stobbe

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