Multilingualism in the Workplace

  title={Multilingualism in the Workplace},
  author={Britt-Louise Gunnarsson},
  journal={Annual Review of Applied Linguistics},
  pages={162 - 189}
  • B. Gunnarsson
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Sociology
  • Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
This survey article presents studies on multilingualism in the workplace carried out in different regions. One aim is to give a cross-cultural picture of workplace studies on different languages, and another is to discuss both positive and problem-based accounts of multilingualism at work. The conditions for workplace discourse have been influenced by a series of changes taking place in recent decades. Technological advances have led to new types of networks and workplaces, making linguistic… 
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