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Dominant Language Constellations

A New Perspective on Multilingualism

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  • Introduces the concept of Dominant Language Constellations
  • Offers an additional and novel perspective on the use of languages in a multilingual world
  • Suggests ways of dealing with real-life multilingual situations across the world in educational and social contexts
  • Links Dominant Language Constellations to timely issues in multilingualism, sociolinguistics, sociology of language and applied linguistics

Part of the book series: Educational Linguistics (EDUL, volume 47)

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This volume is dedicated to the concept and several applications of Dominant Language Constellations (DLC), by which it advances understanding of current multilingualism through addition of a novel perspective from which to view contemporary language use and acquisition. The term Dominant Language Constellation denotes the set of a person’s or group's most expedient languages, functioning as an entire unit and enabling an individual or group to meet their needs in a multilingual environment. The volume presents pioneering contributions that employ DLC as the lens for analysing a wide array of issues. These include multilingual syntactic development, cross-linguistic interaction and multilingual production in formal and informal educational contexts, as well as linguistic profiles of multilingual groups used in elementary school and higher education. Other DLC issues include discussions of how identity, emotions and attitudes operate in various minority and majority contexts. Becausethe DLC concept does not assume any inherent hierarchy of languages it can serve as a framework public policy in multilingual countries/communities faced with challenging policy determinations regarding choice of languages for use in education settings and more widely in social institutions and the economy. Some chapters develop and extend the DLC concept, others adapt and apply it to a variety of contexts, both global and local. Many chapters feature educational and social settings across large parts of the world– Africa, Australia, Europe, North America (Canada and the USA) and Southeast Asia. The volume can serve as supplementary reading for courses on multilingualism, sociolinguistics, language policy and planning, educational linguistics, Second and Third Language Acquisition. 

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


“It is well structured and moves from the theoretical to social activism, from qualitative to quantitative, and from additive human groups to subtractive ones. It is comprehensive, covering social context and interaction in the family, friendships, work, education and online communication. The book covers different regions of the world … .” (Daniel Quintero García, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, October 28, 2021)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

    Joseph Lo Bianco

  • Oranim Academic College of Education, Tivon, Israel

    Larissa Aronin

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Dominant Language Constellations

  • Book Subtitle: A New Perspective on Multilingualism

  • Editors: Joseph Lo Bianco, Larissa Aronin

  • Series Title: Educational Linguistics

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-52335-0Published: 08 September 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-52338-1Published: 09 September 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-52336-7Published: 07 September 2020

  • Series ISSN: 1572-0292

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-1656

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 282

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Language Education, Educational Policy and Politics, Language Policy and Planning, Multilingualism

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