'All the people speak bad English': Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context.

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'All the people speak bad English': Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context. / Wessendorf, Susanne.

Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), University of Birmingham, 2015. (IRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversity; Vol. 2015, No. 9).

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Harvard

Wessendorf, S 2015 ''All the people speak bad English': Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context.' IRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversity, no. 9, vol. 2015, Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), University of Birmingham. <http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/iris/2015/working-paper-series/IRiS-WP-9-2015.pdf>

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Wessendorf, S. (2015). 'All the people speak bad English': Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context. (IRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversity; Vol. 2015, No. 9). Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), University of Birmingham. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/iris/2015/working-paper-series/IRiS-WP-9-2015.pdf

Vancouver

Wessendorf S. 'All the people speak bad English': Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context. Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), University of Birmingham. 2015. (IRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversity; 9).

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Wessendorf, Susanne. / 'All the people speak bad English': Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context. Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), University of Birmingham, 2015. (IRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversity; 9).

Bibtex

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