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Facets of Linguistics

Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale


Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer

This volume aims to represent the breadth and depth of current linguistic research of predominantly young linguists and thus to produce a snapshot of topical linguistic issues and trends. Therefore, it presents papers from systemic linguistics next to ones on text linguistics, sociolinguistics and the didactics of language. The volume is based on talks given at the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale. The book contains 14 contributions in English, and three in German.
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Communicative Space and Language Use in the Age of Globalized Migration


Matthias Wolny


The present paper is dedicated to the interconnection of space and language use among migrants in urban Italy. This relation is two-sided: on the one hand, movement across space during migration contributes significantly to the constitution of the migrants’ multilingual repertoires; on the other hand, the components of these multilingual repertoires are used to build and access multi-layered communicative spaces, often spanning very different localities situated all over the world.

The first part of the paper offers some background information on the major differences between modern-day globalized migration and the ‘classical’ migration movements directed towards typical immigration countries. The second part shows the interconnection between space and language use by offering examples regarding the Moldovan community in Venice. In the third part of the paper a classical model of societal and/or individual multilingualism is confronted with the features of multilingualism arising from modern globalized migration. In the conclusion of the paper some implications of modern societal multilingualism and processes of so-called ‘integration’ are drawn.


Globalized migration movements are one of the cornerstones of the set of phenomena commonly defined as globalization. One of the major outcomes of the global migration flows is an increasing multilingual configuration, especially in urban environments. In Italy, like in many other European countries, globalized migration flows have led to massive social changes in recent years.

The present paper is dedicated to the interconnection of space and language...

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