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Multilingualisms and Development

Multilingualisms and Development

Multilingualisms and Development, edited by Hywel Coleman, is the latest in the proceedings of the ongoing Language & Development Conference series. This volume brings together twenty of the most important presentations from the 11th Language & Development Conference, which took place in New Delhi, India, in 2015.

One of the objectives of the conference was that mother-tongue-based multilingualism in developing world contexts should not only be described and its achievements celebrated but also that it should be subjected to critical scrutiny and its limits identified. The conference also aimed to examine the growing phenomenon of low-cost so-called English-medium education establishments serving disadvantaged communities. Additionally, the conference considered whether current work on linguistic super-diversity in the cities of the West has any relevance for the vast urban areas of Asia and Africa.

These issues and others are explored in the contributions to this book. The volume is organised in four parts:

  • Multilingualism, marginalisation and empowerment
  • Mother-tongue-based multilingual education
  • Multilingualism and the metropolis
  • English in a multilingual world.

Half the chapters concern themselves with aspects of multilingualism in India. Four chapters discuss multilingualism in different parts of Africa, focussing particularly on Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius. Three chapters look at multilingualism in other parts of Asia beyond India (in Afghanistan, Malaysia and Nepal) and three further chapters examine multilingualism in European contexts (the Basque Country and the UK).

The 25 eminent authors whose work is gathered here include Rukmini Banerji, CEO of the Pratham Education Foundation; Srikant Sarangi, Director of the Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine; Ajit Mohanty, Founder Director of the Indian National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium (NMRC); Kalafunja Mlang’a O-saki, Professor of Education at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania; Minati Panda, current Director of the NMRC; and Birgit Brock-Utne of the University of Oslo.

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