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With the help of this particular case, the author shows how English actually prevents individuals, like the young Finnish employee, from fully engaging in social activities that would be important for them to manage well in globalized working life. On the basis of this case, the author also shows how, in the kind of discursive work that her subject engages in, such individuals must recurrently struggle with questions of language proficiency, normality and abnormality. Multilingualism also proves problematic in everyday informal, interactive web discussion forums, as discussed by Samu Kytölä in his chapter ‘Peer Normativity and Sanctioning of Linguistic Resources-in-Use – on Non-Standard Englishes in Finnish Football Forums Online’.
The task is therefore to come up with better, more just and more equitable solutions to problems of multilingualism. This book consequently starts ‘with its feet on the ground’, so to speak, from a strong awareness that the phenomenology of language in society has changed, has become more complex and less predictable than we thought it was. We have the advantage over earlier generations of being able to draw on a far more sophisticated battery of sociolinguistic insights and understandings, and we intend to draw these more advanced tools into our discussions.