Berlin: City of Multilingualisms

  • Patrick Stevenson
Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)


This chapter complements Chap.  2 by providing a critical discussion of the concept of ‘multilingualism’ in the context of contemporary Berlin and shows how, in this respect too, the city has become increasingly diverse since the end of the Cold War. It explores from different perspectives how we can compile a linguistic profile of a city’s population and what we can learn about its inhabitants’ ‘linguistic repertoires’. It considers, first, what we know and what we don’t know about ‘languages in Berlin’ and then investigates aspects of diversity and creativity in the aural and visual ‘linguascape’ of the city. The chapter concludes by arguing that research on language knowledge and language use can be refined by an analysis of experiences with language, the basis of Chap.  4.


Language Policy Linguistic Diversity Migration Background Home Language Life World 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Stevenson
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  1. 1.Modern Languages, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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