A couple of years ago, I mused here on Language on the Move what linguistic theory would look like if its dominant cultural ideas had not been shaped in 1950s USA but in 21st century Dubai. I’ve recently had the chance to reflect on this question in more detail and examine Dubai as a case-study in contemporary urban sociolinguistics. The opportunity came in the form of an invitation by Dick Smakman and Patrick Heinrich to contribute to a book about Metrolinguistics: Urban Language Ecologies around the World they are preparing for publication in 2017. The book will present an attempt to re-examine sociolinguistic theory, approaches and concerns on the basis of city spaces. The concept is to do so on the basis of case studies of language in global cities such as Amsterdam, Cairo, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Shanghai, to name a few.
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- 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
- 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)