Article published in:Multilingualism at Work: From policies to practices in public, medical and business settings
Edited by Bernd Meyer and Birgit Apfelbaum
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism 9] 2010
► pp. 235–252
Do other languages than English matter?
International career development of highly-qualified professionals
The present article aims to explore the instability and the dynamic nature, which characterizes the linguistic repertoires of highly-qualified transmigrants. The central questions under scrutiny are: What are the roles and functions of the languages involved in the communication in international workplace settings? How are the roles and functions being distributed among these languages? And how are they being rearranged over time? In order to contribute to the answer of these questions we will examine the role different languages play in the process of international career construction of Russian-speaking professionals during their stay in Germany. The functions and the values of languages involved will be discussed. Particular attention will be given to the attitudes and representations of the participants of the study.
Published online: 14 July 2010
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