Language on the Move

Language on the Move is a peer-reviewed sociolinguistics research site devoted to multilingualism, language learning and intercultural communication in the contexts of globalization and migration.
Language on the Move aims to disseminate sociolinguistic research to a broad global audience.


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In memoriam Hans Sauer

Publicado en Language on the Move el 05/06/2022

I am deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of my Doktorvater, Professor Hans Sauer. The German “Doktorvater” is usually translated as “PhD supervisor/advisor” but the literal translation “doctoral father” is more...

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Parents, grandparents and caregivers of primary school children in Sydney, Australia, who speak a language other than English are invited to take part in a survey on school-family communication.

The research focuses...

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This post has been authored by Gerald Roche and Claire French


Adéṣínà Ayẹni [@yobamoodua] to Gerald Roche [@GJosephRoche] (2 Feb 2022): I will surely love to be a part of the global day. But one question, can I contribute in my language in place of English?

Gerald: My heart sank as I read this message on Twitter. I’d been messaging people all day, promoting Global Language Advocacy Day (GLAD22), the first ever global event dedicated to raising awareness about language rights. I was really proud to be part of this event, but reading this message suddenly filled me with doubt...

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Applied linguistics is the study of language-based problems in the world, or as Brumfit (1997) puts it, “the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world problems in which language is a central issue” (p. 93). These language-based issues include language teaching and learning, workplace communication, media discourse, translation, language policy and planning, and language...

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The Next Generation Literacies Research Network has just launched a new research mentoring program.

The mentoring program seeks to connect senior and junior researchers with the aim to develop intergenerational supportive learning relationships. Specifics of...

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On this year’s International Mother Language Day, the UN is encouraging us to reflect on the role of technology in multilingual learning. Here, we are looking at the role of the Mongolian language social media Bainu (meaning “hello or are you there”) in disseminating metalinguistic discourses in China.

The Bainu social media platform in China

Bainu was founded by two young Mongols in 2015 and now it is the only surviving Mongolian language social media platform in China. A 2015 news report claims that there are around 400,000 registered users although that number has shrunk significantly since the government’s crackdown on Mongols’ protests against the...

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What stops Australia from doing something like Sweden has done to promote multilingualism? Is it too hard to implement mother tongue instruction in the education system of Australia? On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Anne Reath Warren (Uppsala University, Sweden) tackles these questions, with input from Juan Manuel Higuera González, Maria Håkansson Ramberg and Olle Linge.


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