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Multiculturalism, Multilingualism and the Self

Studies in Linguistics and Language Learning

  • Danuta Gabryś-Barker
  • Dagmara Gałajda
  • Adam Wojtaszek
  • Paweł Zakrajewski

Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Language Studies

  3. (Multilingual) Language Learning and Teaching

  4. Danuta Gabryś-Barker, Dagmara Gałajda, Adam Wojtaszek, Paweł Zakrajewski
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book offers several insights into cross-cultural and multilingual learning, drawing upon recent research within two main areas: Language Studies and Multilingual Language Learning/Teaching. It places particular emphasis on the Polish learning environment and Poles abroad.

Today’s world is an increasingly complex network of cross-cultural and multilingual influences, forcing us to redefine our Selves to include a much broader perspective than ever before. The first part of the book explores attitudes toward multiculturalism in British political speeches, joking behaviour in multicultural working settings, culture-dependent aspects of taboos and swearing, and expressive language of the imprisoned, adding a diachronic perspective by means of a linguistic study of The Canterbury Tales. In turn, the studies in the second part focus on visible shifts in contemporary multilingualism research, learners’ attitudes towards multiple languages they acquire, teachers’ perspectives on the changing requirements related to multiculturalism, and immigrant brokers’ professional experience in the UK.


Polish Language Learning Learning Environment of Polish People Specialized Language Registers Linguistic and Cultural Identity Self-expression Migrants Learning Language Culture and Foreign Language Learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Danuta Gabryś-Barker
    • 1
  • Dagmara Gałajda
    • 2
  • Adam Wojtaszek
    • 3
  • Paweł Zakrajewski
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of EnglishUniversity of SilesiaSosnowiecPoland
  2. 2.Institute of EnglishUniversity of SilesiaSosnowiecPoland
  3. 3.Institute of EnglishUniversity of SilesiaSosnowiecPoland
  4. 4.Institute of EnglishUniversity of SilesiaSosnowiecPoland

About the editors

Danuta Gabryś-Barker is a Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, where she lectures and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. theses in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and especially in second language acquisition and multilingualism. She has published approximately one hundred and fifty articles and the books Aspects of multilingual storage, processing and retrieval (2005) and Reflectivity in pre-service teacher education (2012). She has also edited eleven volumes, among others for Multilingual Matters, Springer and the University of Silesia Press. Prof Gabryś-Barker has been the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Multilingualism (Taylor & Francis/Routledge) since 2010 (with Prof Eva Vetter) and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition (University of Silesia Press) since 2015 (with Prof Adam Wojtaszek). She is also one of the main organizers of the annual international SLA conference held in Szczyrk, Poland, a major academic event of international prominence.

Dagmara Gałajda received her Ph.D. degree in linguistics from the University of Silesia, where she works as an Assistant Professor. Apart from communication studies, her research interests focus on teachers’ action zone in facilitating group dynamics, affect in language learning, individual learner differences in SLA/FLL and reflective teaching. Her recent publications include: “Anxiety and perceived communication competence as predictors of willingness to communicate in ESL/FL classroom” in D. Gabryś-Barker, J. Bielska (eds.) (2013) The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters; “Communication apprehension and self-perceived communication competence as variables underlying willingness to communicate” in K. Piątkowska, E. Kościałkowska-Okońska (eds.) (2013) Correspondences and Contrasts in Foreign Language Pedagogy and Translation Studies. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Recently, she has co-edited Positive psychology perspectives on foreign language learning and teaching, Berlin: Springer-Verlag (with Danuta Gabryś-Barker). She is also one of the main organizers of the annual international SLA conference held in Szczyrk, Poland.

Adam Wojtaszek is an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of English, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. His major fields of interest include linguistic pragmatics, psycholinguistics and the language of persuasion. He has published two books on advertising language, Deciphering Radio Commercials – A Pragmatic Perspective (2002) and Theoretical Frameworks in the Study of Press Advertisements – Polish, British and Chinese Perspective (2011), as well as a number of articles on the topic. Within the area of psycholinguistics and second language acquisition studies he has co-edited a number of volumes reporting on recent studies and developments. Together with Danuta Gabryś-Barker, he is an editor of a new journal (est. 2015), Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition, published by the University of Silesia Press. He is also one of the organizers of the annual international SLA conference held in Szczyrk, Poland and initiated in the mid-1980s by Janusz Arabski.

Paweł Zakrajewski is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Silesia in 2015. His scientific interests centre on discourse analysis, rhetoric and communication (especially new media), translation, and cross-cultural and cross-linguistic comparative studies. Recently, he has been involved in a number of projects related to genre and linguistic analysis, effective communication, public relations, and ESP translation. Dr. Zakrajewski is also (together with Dr Dagmara Gałajda) the co-founder and organizer of the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars (SMYS) – an international conference intended to compare, enhance, and promote linguistic research among Ph.D. candidates from different countries around the globe.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Multiculturalism, Multilingualism and the Self
  • Book Subtitle Studies in Linguistics and Language Learning
  • Editors Danuta Gabryś-Barker
    Dagmara Gałajda
    Adam Wojtaszek
    Paweł Zakrajewski
  • Series Title Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Series Abbreviated Title Second Language Learning,Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56891-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86028-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56892-8
  • Series ISSN 2193-7648
  • Series E-ISSN 2193-7656
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Applied Linguistics
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