Language in the workplace

  • Lorenza MONDADA (Bâle, Suisse)
    Interaction in the context of work: thorough analysis and practical effect
    2006, Vol. XI-2, pp. 5-16
  • Claire SAILLARD (Paris 7)
    Multilingual actors at work: a linguistic community?
    2000, Vol. V-1, pp. 15-24

    This paper aims to reexamine the sociolinguistic concept of "linguistic community", taking multilingual work situations into account, in order to determine whether such a sociolinguistic concept can be defined without reference to the concrete situations where interactions are realized. The study shows that the norms governing linguistic uses and interpretations in a given multilingual work setting do not necessarily correspond to the norms that prevail in the multilingual society at large. The work setting should thus be defined as a socialization setting, where linguistic norms are negotiated in a dynamic process.

  • Elwys STEFANI (DE) (Bâle, Suisse)
    Translation activities in multilingual working sessions
    2000, Vol. V-1, pp. 25-42

    Plurilingual face-to-face collaboration becomes increasingly important in the academic world, due to the rapid development of international networks. One means for managing plurilingual encounters is informal oral translation, carried out by participants when the need arises. A conversation analysis of translation sequences in scientific meetings shows that researchers translate not only to establish intercomprehension, but also in order to emphasize elements of discourse and to state argumentative positions. Rather than being a mere transposition from one language into another, translation thus shapes the contents being developed. Moreover, it allows a description of some form of exploitation of linguistics resources in a particular social activity.