This collection presents a holistic picture of the sociolinguistic landscape in Bangladesh, offering a critical understanding of language ideologies and social inequalities in the country, as they connect more widely to dynamics in the Global South.

The book seeks to untangle the voices embedded in the language practices of a range of communities and professions in the region, which have been little studied in the literature, and encourage a rethinking of the relationships between language and nationality, class, ethnicity, race, and gender. Highlighting perspectives from established and emerging researchers and drawing on a wide range of theoretical approaches and methodologies, the volume is organized around such key themes as bilingualism and diglossia; language variation across domains; language and identity in literature; and the interconnectedness of language, identity, and globalization. Taken together, the collection calls attention to the socially and spatially situated nature of language practices in Bangladesh and in turn, the ways in which scholars in the Global South make sense of the sociolinguistic landscape at both the local and global levels.

This book will appeal to scholars working in sociolinguistics, particularly those working on language policy, language and identity, language variation, and in or about the Global South.

part Section I|34 pages

Bilingualism, diglossia, and language variation

chapter 3|14 pages

Bengali language

Dia-standard or a diglossic convergence within a mixed-dialect situation?

part Section II|66 pages

Language in different domains

chapter 4|17 pages

Popular versus statutory meanings of the language of law

How does people's understanding affect the functionality of gender laws in Bangladesh?

chapter 5|19 pages

Lexical borrowings from English into modern Bangla novels

Do they endanger or enhance the vitality of Bangla?

chapter 7|17 pages

Religiosity, risk, and language

A corpus analysis of Bangladeshi YouTube discourse about COVID-19

part Section III|88 pages

Language and identity

chapter 8|17 pages

Education for all in Bangla

Subtractive influence on Adibashi communities in Bangladesh

chapter 9|17 pages

“I do not belong here”

Language attitude and identity development among the Rohingya community in Bangladesh

chapter 10|19 pages

Translanguaging as trans-identity

Insights from ethnic minority students in Bangladesh

chapter 11|16 pages

Transglossia and virtual role-play

Bangladeshi youths' virtual resistance against oppression

chapter 12|17 pages

Identification of home country language and culture

Narratives of two Bangladeshi migrants in London

part Section IV|78 pages

Language, space, and linguistic transformation

chapter 14|20 pages

Linguistic landscapes of Bangladesh

Constructing or reconstructing “another place”?

chapter 15|17 pages

Southern ways of English

Examining school websites in Bangladesh

chapter 16|16 pages

Sociolinguistics research in Bangladesh

Future directions