The complementarity of multilingualist and 4T approaches

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Abstract / Description of output

Recent assertions about ‘post-multilingualism’ (Li Wei 2016, 2018) are based on the growing body of work in what may be called the ‘4T’ approach or perspective: translanguaging, transmodal, transindividual, transspecies. If this is seen as superseding multilingualist approaches, such a subtractive development stands to impoverish understanding of language use. This chapter argues for them instead to be conceived of in an additive, complementary way – not in opposition to one another, but in joint use to provide as strong as possible an alternative to deeply rooted views concerning purported disadvantages of multilingualism and the erasure of its existence in various areas of linguistic research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultilingualism and Identity
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsWendy Ayres-Bennett, Linda Fisher
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781108780469
ISBN (Print)9781108490207
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • post-multilingualism
  • 4T approaches
  • translanguaging


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