SOAS University of London

Centre for Language Pedagogy

Multilingualism at work: Multilingual practices in professional settings

Prof. Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel

Date: 21 June 2013Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 21 June 2013Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Seminar

Multilingual and multicultural meetings are becoming the rule rather than the exception in contemporary workplaces, characterized by international cooperation, services and exchanges. In these international professional settings, the way in which participants actually cope in situ with the diversity of languages spoken is a key issue both for fundamental research and within applied perspectives. Drawing on a variety of naturalistic video and audio recordings of international meetings, and working within the framework of conversation analysis, ethnomethodology and interactional linguistics, this paper discusses how multilingual resources are mobilized within social interactions among professionals, how available linguistic and embodied resources are identified, considered and used by the participants, which solutions are locally elaborated by them when they are confronted with various languages spoken but not shared among them, and which definition of multilingualism they adopt for all practical purposes. More broadly, multilingualism is investigated as it is experienced, configured and treated in situated and embodied ways by the participants.

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