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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós


Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.


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Ana Raquel SIMÕES, Sara SOUSA: Language teachers' practices, representations and knowlegde on intra-linguistic diversity: A case study in Portugal


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Pic- ture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 349-362. Ana Raquel SIMÕES (University of Aveiro, Portugal) Sara SOUSA (University of Aveiro, Portugal) Language teachers' practices, representations and knowlegde on intra-linguistic diversity: A case study in Portugal Abstract Considering the importance of language teachers as far as intra- linguistic diversity and language varieties are concerned, we developed a research project with Portuguese language (PL) teachers on that same topic. We inquired 7 Portuguese language teachers of a school by means of a semi-structured interview, in order to: characterize their linguistic profile; identify representations concerning languages and varieties of Portuguese languages, as well as of the norm; identify their knowledge about languages and PL in particular and collect data concerning their practices on intra-linguistic diversity. The interviews were subjected to a content analysis, where 3 main categories were created (knowledge, representations and practices concerning PL intra-linguistic diversity). The obtained results clearly demonstrate there are some challenges for teachers and for the school in general concerning the attitudes towards the varieties and the norm, not only inside the classrooms in the work developed with students, but also amongst colleagues and with re- searchers in terms of the dissemination and sharing of what is being done in the different domains. 1. Introduction Considering the importance of understanding the knowledge, representa- tions and practices of language teachers, in what intra-linguistic diversity and...

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