The normalcy of linguistic and cultural diversity

Lytra, Vally. 2021. The normalcy of linguistic and cultural diversity. Gradient(2), pp. 28-29. [Article]

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As a researcher, educator, and community activist working with families, schools, and ethnic minority communities in the fields of multilingualism and language education across three countries (Greece, England, and Switzerland) for over twenty years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in societal attitudes and discourses towards multilingualism – from discourses pathologizing linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingual speakers to discourses celebrating cognitive advantages, academic attainment, and access to higher education and future professional opportunities.

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linguistic diversity, cultural diversity

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Educational Studies > Centre for Language, Culture and Learning


December 2021Published

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05 Jan 2022 10:37

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05 Jan 2022 10:37


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