How do languages vary?

Christèle Maizonniaux

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    In this chapter, we will look at the different aspects of language variation. We will discuss what language variation is and look at some examples. We will then explore how language variation affects both the public and the private sphere. We will examine some positive and negative attitudes related to language variation and will highlight some recent facts in relation to accent discrimination taking Europe as an example. We will also discuss why language variation should be valued. Finally, we will see whether language variation is part of language curricula, and we will explore some possible avenues for integrating language variation in language teaching and learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExploring Language in Global Contexts
    EditorsJeffrey Gil, Sky Marsen
    Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781000593860, 9781003240099
    ISBN (Print)9781032146003, 9781032145990
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2022


    • Language variation
    • Language accent


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