Learning language and mathematics: A perspective from Linguistics and Education

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The introductory article offers a framework for language education researchers and mathematics education researchers to share insights, questions, and understandings from their complementary perspectives on the relationship between language and mathematics. This Article Collection re-publishes seven, of the 18 articles that were authored by researchers from seven different countries; that addressed the topic and were published in Linguistics and Education since the journal's inception in 1988. The first part is organized into four sections, including: (1) The concepts of the academic language and the mathematics register; (2) the language and literacy challenges of teaching and learning mathematics; (3) specific issues for English learner students’ (EL students) mathematical learning and mastery of the mathematics register; and (4) implications for teaching mathematics to all students. A brief overview of the 18 published papers follows. A more detailed description of the seven Linguistics and Education articles provides a set of perspectives with corresponding analyses; that, taken together, constitute a context for an interdisciplinary sphere of developing research and theory regarding language, literacy and mathematics learning. Finally, the conclusion summarizes cross-cutting themes and suggestions for further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalLinguistics and Education
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Academic register
  • English learners
  • Mathematics and language
  • Mathematics register
  • Multi-semiotic representations
  • Problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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