The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity provides an accessible and authoritative overview of this growing area, the linguistic analysis of interaction in superdiverse cities. Developed as a descriptive term to account for the increasingly stratified processes and effects of migration in Western Europe, ‘superdiversity’ has the potential to contribute to an enhanced understanding of mobility, complexity, and change, with theoretical, practical, global, and methodological reach.

With seven sections edited by leading names, the handbook includes 35 state-of-the art chapters from international authorities. The handbook adopts a truly interdisciplinary approach, covering:

  • Cultural heritage
  • Sport
  • Law
  • Education
  • Business and entrepreneurship.

The result is a truly comprehensive account of how people live, work and communicate in superdiverse spaces.

This volume is key reading for all those engaged in the study and research of Language and Superdiversity within Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology and related areas.


Language and superdiversity

An interdisciplinary perspective
ByAdrian Blackledge, Angela Creese with, Mike Baynham, Melanie Cooke, Lisa Goodson, Zhu Hua, Bharat Malkani, Jenny Phillimore, Mike Robinson, Frances Rock, James Simpson, Caroline Tagg, Janice Thompson, Kiran Trehan, Li Wei

part |70 pages

Language and superdiversity

chapter 1|13 pages

Repertoires, registers and linguistic diversity

ByAlastair Pennycook

chapter 3|13 pages

Superdiversity perspective and the sociolinguistics of social media

BySirpa Leppänen, Saija Peuronen, Elina Westinen

chapter 4|14 pages

Superdiversity as a lens to understand complexities

ByDirk Geldof

chapter 5|14 pages

‘All the people speak bad English’

Communicating across differences in a ­super-diverse context
BySusanne Wessendorf

part |76 pages

Researching communication in superdiverse contexts

chapter 6|16 pages

Superdiversity and linguistic ethnography

Researching people and language in motion
ByMartha Sif Karrebæk, Constadina Charalambous

chapter 7|14 pages

Blurred vision?

‘Superdiversity’ as a lens in research on communication in border contexts
ByRobert Gibb, Julien Danero Iglesias

chapter 8|15 pages

Using researcher vignettes to explore co-production in a large diverse team

Implications for research in superdiverse contexts
ByLisa Goodson, Caroline Tagg

chapter 9|15 pages

Moving methods online

Researching digital language practices
ByJannis Androutsopoulos, Andreas Stæhr

part |78 pages

Language, superdiversity and heritage

chapter 12|16 pages

Dialect as heritage

ByJoan Beal

chapter 13|13 pages

Discourses of “Chineseness” and superdiversity

ByJing Huang

chapter 14|14 pages

Talking of heritage

The past in conversation
ByMike Robinson

chapter 15|17 pages

Superdiverse heritage and the question of authenticity

Reframing ‘brokenness,’ comprehending change
BySabina Vakser

part |71 pages

Language, superdiversity and sport

chapter 16|14 pages

Language policy and planning and the Olympic Games

ByRachelle Vessey

chapter 17|13 pages

Linguistic practices, social identities and sport

ByLian Malai Madsen

chapter 18|14 pages

Football language in the age of superdiversity

ByGunnar Bergh, Sölve Ohler

chapter 20|13 pages

Language and sport, physical activity and health among Black and Asian ethnic minority groups

BySymeon Dagkas, Whitney B. Curry

part |80 pages

Language, superdiversity and business

chapter 21|13 pages

Language, superdiversity, and self-employment

ByAdrian Blackledge, Kiran Trehan

chapter 22|17 pages

Mobile messaging by migrant micro-entrepreneurs in contexts of superdiversity

ByCaroline Tagg, Agnieszka Lyons

chapter 23|16 pages

Managing superdiversity in multinational companies

ByJiří Nekvapil, Tamah Sherman

chapter 24|16 pages

You are now one of us – negotiating ‘fitting in’ in the workplace

ByMarta Kirilova, Jo Angouri

chapter 25|16 pages

Multilingualism in migrant-tailored businesses

The case of telecommunications multinationals and “ethnic” call shops
ByMaria Sabaté-Dalmau

part |79 pages

Language, superdiversity and law

chapter 26|17 pages

Sociolinguistic superdiversity and asylum

ByMarco Jacquemet

chapter 27|15 pages

Legal interpreting in domestic and international courts

Responsiveness in action
ByLudmila Stern

chapter 28|15 pages

Translation in superdiverse legal contexts

ByJoanna Drugan, Krzysztof Kredens

chapter 30|14 pages

The development of deaf legal discourse

ByChristopher Stone, Gene Mirus

part |76 pages

Language, superdiversity and education

chapter 31|14 pages

Multilingual education policy, superdiversity and educational equity

ByKendall A. King, Martha Bigelow

chapter 32|15 pages

Translanguaging as pedagogy – a critical review

ByJean Conteh

chapter 33|16 pages

Adult migrant language education in a diversifying world

BySari Pöyhönen, Mirja Tarnanen, James Simpson

chapter 34|14 pages

The multilingual university

ByMbulungeni Madiba

chapter 35|15 pages

Linguistic diversity in online and mobile learning

ByAgnes Kukulska-Hulme, Mark Pegrum