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Language and migration: perspectives and experiences

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  1. Nancy C. Carnevale

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm336

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Carnevale, N. C. 2013. Language and migration: perspectives and experiences. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Immigrants have always had to contend with language. Even internal migrants may be faced with different languages. India, to take one example of a country with significant levels of internal migration, is home to some two dozen official languages and hundreds of “mother tongues” reflecting the country's tremendous cultural diversity that includes languages that are not native to the subcontinent. Migrants who share the language of their host country still encounter linguistic variations. While each circumstance is unique, immigrant encounters with language around the globe, p and present, have some common features.

Keywords:

  • linguistics;
  • globalization;
  • immigration;
  • imperialism;
  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • transnationalism