The Multilingual Reality Living with Languages Author: Ajit K. Mohanty

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30 Nov 2018
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This book is a multidisciplinary analysis of the meaning and dynamics of multilingualism from the perspectives of multilingual societies and language communities in the margins, who are trapped in a vicious circle of disadvantage. It analyses the social, psychological and sociolinguistic processes of linguistic dominance and hierarchical relationships among languages, discrimination, marginalisation and assertive maintenance in multilingualism characterised by a Double Divide, and shows the relationship between educational neglect of languages, capability deprivation and poverty, and loss of linguistic diversity. Its comparative analysis of language-in-education policies and practices and applications of multilingual education (MLE) in diverse contexts shows some promises and problems in the education of minority children. This book will be of interest to students, researchers, educators and practitioners in sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, psycholinguistics, multilingualism and bilingual/multilingual education.


Ajit Mohanty’s meticulous book demonstrates why all countries can learn from the Indian experience. It reveals how educational language policy can serve the interests of the marginalised, and not merely the privileged. It is the missing link to Amartiya Sen’s books on ensuring greater social justice, with English in appropriate perspective.

- Robert Phillipson, Professor Emeritus, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Author Biography:

Ajit K. Mohanty is Chief Adviser of the National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium (NMRC) and Retired Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His research interests include multilingualism, multilingual education, multilingual socialisation and educational language policy.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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