Receptive Multilingualism: Linguistic Analyses, Language Policies, and Didactic Concepts

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Jan D. ten Thije, Ludger Zeevaert
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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Receptive multilingualism refers to the language constellation in which interlocutors use their respective mother tongue while speaking to each other. Since the mid-nineties receptive multilingualism is promoted by the European commission on par with other possibilities of increasing the mobility of the European citizens. Throughout the last ten years a marked increase in the research on this topic has been observable. This volume reveals new perspectives from different theoretical frameworks on linguistic analyses of receptive multilingualism in Europe. Case studies are presented from contemporary settings, along with analyses of historical examples, theoretical considerations and, finally, descriptions of didactical concepts established in order to transfer and disseminate receptive multilingual competence. The book contains results from research carried out at the Research Center on Multilingualism at the University of Hamburg as well as contributions by various international scholars working in the field of receptive multilingualism.
  

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Contents

Historical development of receptive multilingualism
7
Testing mutual understanding in receptive multilingual communication
14
Linguistic diversity in Habsburg Austria as a model
49
Receptive multilingualism in DutchGerman intercultural team cooperation
73
Receptive multilingualism and interScandinavian semicommunication
103
Receptive multilingualism in Switzerland and the case of BielBienne
137
The Swiss model of plurilingual communication
159
Receptive multilingualism in business discourses
179
Understanding differences in interScandinavian language understanding
217
Scandinavian intercomprehension today
231
Linguistic and extralinguistic
249
Processing levels in foreignlanguage reading
265
A computerbased exploration of the lexical possibilities
285
How can DaFnE and EuroComGerm contribute to the concept of receptive
307
Name index
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