Introduction: Language perceptions and practices in multilingual universities

Maria Kuteeva, Kathrin Kaufhold, Niina Hynninen

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In many European universities today, national languages and English are used alongside a plethora of other linguistic resources. Our volume provides a response to changes in higher education where internationalization and widening participation not only pull towards the use of one shared language but also increasingly diversify language practices. How are different languages experienced and perceived by university stakeholders? After clarifying a number of key concepts, we show how different chapters unveil the tensions arising between monolingualism and multilingualism and chart the multiplicity of language perceptions and practices across the university, from education and research to administration. The educational contexts explored here include Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, the Baltic states, and the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Perceptions and Practices in Multilingual Universities
EditorsMaria Kuteeva, Kathrin Kaufhold, Niina Hynninen
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-38754-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-38755-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 6121 Languages

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