Sustainable multilingualism as an essential characteristic of multicultural societies: the case of Australia

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Hatoss, Aniko. 2005. "Sustainable multilingualism as an essential characteristic of multicultural societies: the case of Australia." Witte, Els, Pierrard, Michel, Mettewie, Laurence, Van Mensel, Luk, Hausen, Alex and De Groof, Roel (ed.) Language, Attitudes and Education in Multilingual Cities (2005). Brussels, Belgium 27 - 29 May 2004 Wetteren, Belgium.
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Sustainable multilingualism as an essential characteristic of multicultural societies: the case of Australia

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AuthorHatoss, Aniko
EditorsWitte, Els, Pierrard, Michel, Mettewie, Laurence, Van Mensel, Luk, Hausen, Alex and De Groof, Roel
Journal or Proceedings TitleLanguage, Attitudes and Education in Multilingual Cities
Number of Pages15
Year2005
Place of PublicationWetteren, Belgium
Conference/EventLanguage, Attitudes and Education in Multilingual Cities (2005)
Event Details
Language, Attitudes and Education in Multilingual Cities (2005)
Event Date
27 to end of 29 May 2004
Event Location
Brussels, Belgium
Abstract

This paper argues that multicultural societies cannot be sustainable if they do not embrace multilingualism as an essential and embedded element of multiculturalism. Multilingualism is a crucial desideratum for multicultural societies who wish not only to ‘manage’ diversity, but also use diversity as a resource and a key element of social capital. The discussion in this paper takes place in the context of Australian communities. There are essentially two aspects of sustainability to discuss in this context: (1) the maintenance of the linguistic diversity that is present in a multicultural society: this involves the maintenance of indigenous languages and immigrant languages; and (2) the development of multilingual skills in the wider Australian society. The concept of sustainability provides a theoretical framework and it is presented with the purpose of opening up discussions across various multicultural and multilingual contexts.

Keywordsmultilingualism and multiculturalism in Australia, minority languages, immigrant languages, language maintenance and shift, sustainability and language policy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470411. Sociolinguistics
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Book TitleLanguage, Attitudes & Education in Multilingual Cities
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