Plurilingual practices at multilingual workplaces

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This chapter presents preliminary results of a research project on the question how European companies working in multilingual contexts manage issues such as language learning, imagined vs. actual language use by employees, i.e. how the latter make use of their plurilingual repertoires, and on the constant interplay between those two domains. Adopting a mixed methods approach, a case study of a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland is presented here, the respective data dealing with issues such as the linguistic landscape, recruitment policy, internal communication and plurilingual interaction. In conclusion perspectives for further research are pointed out.


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