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Linguistic Diversity and Social JusticeAn Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics$
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Ingrid Piller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937240.001.0001

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Linguistic Diversity at Work

Linguistic Diversity at Work

(p.63) Chapter 4 Linguistic Diversity at Work
Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice

Ingrid Piller

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which linguistic diversity undergirds injustices in the world of paid work and employment. Insufficient proficiency in the dominant language may be used as a blanket explanation for the exclusion of migrants from paid employment or for their underemployment. Actual linguistic barriers to employment are constituted by linguistic stereotyping and different pragmatic norms. Those disadvantaged on the basis of race or gender are particularly vulnerable to linguistic discrimination. Multiple vulnerabilities may lock some migrants permanently into “survival employment,” which results in deskilling and creates barriers to language learning opportunities on the job. The chapter also explores naturalistic language learning in workplace contexts, the suppression of linguistic diversity at work and alternative language regimes at work.

Keywords:   deskilling, discrimination, gender, language at work, language learning, language proficiency, linguistic stereotyping, migrant employment, race, survival employment

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