Disinventing multilingualism: from monological multilingualism to multilingua francas

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Routledge
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Chapter
Citation:
The Routlledge Handbook of Multilingualism, 2012, 1, pp. 439 - 453
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Assumptions about the existence of languages and, ipso facto, multilingualism, are so deeply embedded in predominant paradigms of language studies that they are rarely questioned. Multilingualism, furthermore, viewed from this perspective, is an indomitably good thing; the task of linguists, sociolinguists, applied linguists and educational linguists is to enhance our understanding of multilingualism, to overcome the monolingual blinkers of Anglo- or Eurocentric thought, to encourage both the understanding of and the practices of multilingualism.
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