Chapter 16. Language and Movement in Space

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. Jan Blommaert and
  2. Jie Dong

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch16

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Blommaert, J. and Dong, J. (2010) Language and Movement in Space, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068



  • language and movement in space;
  • current wave of globalization-best understood as development within globalization;
  • established paradigm, sociolinguistics of distribution-and movement of language resources;
  • globalization, super-diversity and multilingualism;
  • current globalization processes-part of longer, wider and deeper globalization processes;
  • super-diversity, posing descriptive as well as theoretical challenges;
  • multilingual repertoires and super-diversity;
  • accents, shifting and microvariation;
  • functional relativity, crucial importance-for understanding mobility and language processes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Two Paradigms

  • Globalization, Super-Diversity, and Multilingualism

  • Accents, Shifting, and Microvariation

  • Conclusion: The Unfinished Story

  • References