John Robert Edwards

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John Robert Edwards FRSC (born 3 December 1947, Southampton, England) is professor of psychology at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has specialized in social psychology, with particular reference to multilingualism.


Born in England, Edwards obtained a BA at the University of Western Ontario in 1969, an M.A. at McGill University in 1970, completing a Ph.D. in psychology there in 1974. His research has been interdisciplinary within educational theory, linguistics, social psychology and political science. Centering on multilingualism, it has concerned identity, ethnicity, nationalism and language. He is the main editor of the series Multilingual Matters and of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. He was elected as fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2000. He is also a fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Canadian Psychological Association.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Edwards, J.R. (1979), Language and Disadvantage, Elsevier
  • Edwards, J.R. (1985), Language, Society, and Identity, Blackwell
  • Edwards, J.R. (1994), Multilingualism, Routledge
  • Edwards, J.R. (2009), Language and Identity, Cambridge University Press
  • Edwards, J.R. (2010), Minority Languages and Group Identity: Cases and Categories, John Benjamins
  • Edwards, J.R. (2011), Challenges in the Social Life of Language, Palgrave-Macmillan
  • Edwards, J.R. (2012), Multilingualism: Understanding Linguistic Diversity, Continuum


  • Mackey, W.F. (2001), "John Robert Edwards", Concise encyclopedia of sociolinguistics, Pergamon: 861–862

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