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Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century
Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces

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Bente A. Svendsen, Ben Rampton, Leonie Cornips, Jürgen Jaspers, Vincent de Rooij, Ulrike Freywald, Natalia Ganuza, Ingvild Nistov, Toril Opsahl, Lena Ekberg, Heike Wiese, Tommaso M. Milani, Rickard Jonsson, Innocentia Jabulisile Mhlambi, Cecilia Cutler, Unn Røyneland, Adrian Blackledge, Angela Creese, Vally Lytra, Lian Malai Madsen, Hülya Özcan, İlknur Keçik, Jens Normann Jørgensen, Finn Aarsæther, Stefania Marzo, Evy Ceuleers, Margreet Dorleijn, Maarten Mous, Jacomine Nortier, Sally Boyd, James A. Walker, Michol F. Hoffman
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  • isbn: 9781108718738

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  • The language of young people is central in sociolinguistic research, as it is seen to be innovative and a primary source of knowledge about linguistic change and the role of language. This volume brings together a team of leading scholars to explore and compare linguistic practices of young people in multilingual urban spaces, with analyses ranging from grammar to ideology. It includes fascinating examples from cities in Europe, Africa, Canada and the US to demonstrate how young people express their identities through language, for example in hip-hop lyrics and new social media. This is the first book to cover the topic from a globally diverse perspective, and it investigates how linguistic practices across different communities intersect with age, ethnicity, gender and class. In doing so it shows commonalities and differences in how young people experience, act and relate to the contemporary social, cultural and linguistic complexity of the twenty-first century.

    • The first volume to explore language in young people from a globally diverse perspective
    • Includes fascinating examples from multilingual cities in Europe, Africa, Canada and the US to demonstrate how young people express their identities through language
    • Offers new insights into the role of the speech styles that co-occur in culturally and linguistically diverse city areas
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    'Three points will make this volume a strong contribution to the sociolinguistics of youth identities in the twenty-first century: its inclusive approach to structure, practice and ideology as closely intertwined dimensions of linguistic study; its coverage of a broad range of languages, communities, and communicative contexts; and the comparative design of the individual chapters, which reveal fascinating, and sometimes unexpected, patterns of similarity and contrast.' Jannis Androutsopoulos, Universität Hamburg

    'This is an inspiring volume. The idea of co-authoring each multi-sited ethnography chapter is a wonderfully innovative approach to understanding what makes for diversity of local linguistic practices among transnational urban youth. This is a methodology for our times, promising a refreshing approach to global and South-North dialogues.' Christopher Stroud, Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholms Universitet

    'One of the major contributions of this volume is the numerical extent of cross-cultural examples within each chapter … researchers interested in youth language in superdiverse settings will find this collection of articles as an invaluable resource.' Katherine Morales Luge, The Linguist List

    '… the methodological and thematic diversity of this collection offers an impressively broad overview of urban vernaculars in Germanic language-speaking Europe and selected urban areas around the world.' Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Journal of Sociolinguistics

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    • Publication planned for: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108718738
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 9 tables
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  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Content and Concepts:
    1. Language, youth and identity in the twenty-first century: content and continuations Bente A. Svendsen
    2. Contemporary urban vernaculars Ben Rampton
    3. The politics of labelling youth vernaculars in the Netherlands and Belgium Leonie Cornips, Jürgen Jaspers and Vincent de Rooij
    Part II. Forms and Functions:
    4. Beyond verb second – a matter of novel information structural effects? Evidence from Norwegian, Swedish, German and Dutch Ulrike Freywald, Leonie Cornips, Natalia Ganuza, Ingvild Nistov and Toril Opsahl
    5. Functional gains: a cross-linguistic case study on three particles in Swedish, Norwegian and German Lena Ekberg, Toril Opsahl and Heike Wiese
    Part III. Language Practice, Values and Identity in Media and Popular Culture:
    6. Shooting the subversive: when non-normative linguistic practices go mainstream in the media Tommaso M. Milani, Rickard Jonsson and Innocentia Jabulisile Mhlambi
    7. Where the fuck am I from? Hip-hop youth and the (re)negotiation of language and identity in Norway and the US Cecilia Cutler and Unn Røyneland
    Part IV. Language Practice as Emblems of Becoming and Belonging:
    8. Emblems of identities in four European urban settings Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese
    9. Language and language ideologies among Turkish-speaking young people in Athens and London Vally Lytra
    Part V. Language Practice and Positioning in Interaction:
    10. Stylized voices of ethnicity and social division Lian Malai Madsen and Bente A. Svendsen
    11. Verbal teasing among young people in Køge and Eskişehir Hülya Özcan, Lian Malai Madsen, İlknur Keçik and Jens Normann Jørgensen
    Part VI. Language Practice and Urban Space:
    12. Indexing locality: contemporary urban vernaculars in Belgium and Norway Finn Aarsæther, Stefania Marzo, Ingvild Nistov and Evy Ceuleers
    13. Urban youth speech styles in Kenya and the Netherlands Margreet Dorleijn, Maarten Mous and Jacomine Nortier
    14. Sociolinguistic practice among multilingual youth: comparing Swedish cities with Toronto Sally Boyd, James A. Walker and Michol F. Hoffman.

  • Editors

    Jacomine Nortier, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Jacomine Nortier is Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics/Multilingualism in the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    Bente A. Svendsen, Universitetet i Oslo
    Bente A. Svendsen is Professor of Scandinavian Languages and Norwegian as a Second Language and the Deputy Director of MultiLing Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan in the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at Universitetet i Oslo.

    Contributors

    Bente A. Svendsen, Ben Rampton, Leonie Cornips, Jürgen Jaspers, Vincent de Rooij, Ulrike Freywald, Natalia Ganuza, Ingvild Nistov, Toril Opsahl, Lena Ekberg, Heike Wiese, Tommaso M. Milani, Rickard Jonsson, Innocentia Jabulisile Mhlambi, Cecilia Cutler, Unn Røyneland, Adrian Blackledge, Angela Creese, Vally Lytra, Lian Malai Madsen, Hülya Özcan, İlknur Keçik, Jens Normann Jørgensen, Finn Aarsæther, Stefania Marzo, Evy Ceuleers, Margreet Dorleijn, Maarten Mous, Jacomine Nortier, Sally Boyd, James A. Walker, Michol F. Hoffman

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