The ordinariness of translinguistics in Indigenous Australia

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Recent debates within the sociolinguistics of multilingualism have highlighted the challenges posed by new complexities in the semiotic space of ‘superdiversity’, where the linguistic repertoire cannot be neatly partitioned according to socially or politically constructed language boundaries. Some have noted, however, that discourses framing these complexities as ‘new’ tend to focus on the City and the West, and risk erasing diversities that have long been acknowledged as commonplace in other – for example, Indigenous – settings. This chapter explores language practices in an Indigenous community in remote northern Australia. Through highlighting ‘the ordinariness of diversity’ in local translinguistic practice in this region, the chapter demonstrates that the supposed ‘new complexities’ of globalisation have significant reflexes in the ‘peripheries’ of its reach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslinguistics: Negotiating Innovation and Ordinariness
EditorsJerry Won Lee, Sender Dovchin
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon Uk
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429449918
ISBN (Print)9781138326330, 9781138326323
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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