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New Book - Language and Identity in Europe: The Multilingual City and its Citizens

The School is delighted to announce the publication of a new book, edited by Trinity academics Lorna Carson, Chung Kam Kwok and Caroline Smyth, with contributions from School members Bronagh Catibusic, Kathleen McTiernan, Daniela Modrescu, and Aoife Parkes.

Published in 2020 by Peter Lang Oxford, within its Language, Migration and Identity series, the volume brings together research perspectives on the theme of European linguistic and cultural identity.

The book’s chapters are the responses of European researchers to the challenges of language and identity in the context of a multilingual Europe, particularly in urban settings. The various authors explore the extent to which diversity, and in particular linguistic diversity, affects identity formation across the European Union, from Ireland to Bulgaria, and beyond its borders. The book illustrates the importance of the theme of identity in the study of language, and the potential for further development in theory, policy and praxis.

Readers will find this volume to be an informative and useful springboard for a deeper understanding of language and identity in complex social contexts within an evolving geopolitical and cultural landscape.

“During a period when questions of identity and mutual understanding and support have never been more crucial, this book is a timely source of information on current theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of language and identity in Europe, in particular in urban contexts.” Dr Lid King, Director, The Languages Company

“This collection of studies demonstrate how the changing face of language and identity in the European context can be approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. Readers will find a rich variety of approaches to the study of linguistic and cultural diversity.” Itesh Sachdev, Emeritus Professor of Language and Communication, SOAS, University of London.

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