LINGUIST List 10.1300

Mon Sep 6 1999

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Lisa Natascha Barrett, Socioling - Pluricentric Lang in an Immigrant Context

Message 1: Socioling - Pluricentric Lang in an Immigrant Context

Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 14:25:00 +0200
From: Lisa Natascha Barrett <>
Subject: Socioling - Pluricentric Lang in an Immigrant Context

Michael Clyne and Sandra Kipp
Pluricentric Languages in an Immigrant Context
Spanish, Arabic and Chinese

1999. 23 x 15,5 cm. XXII, 360 pages. Mouton de Gruyter
Cloth. DM 248,--/oeS 1810,--/sFr 221,--/approx. US$ 155.00
ISBN 3-11-016577-5
Contributions to the Sociology of Language 82

This monograph is the first attempt to explore the notion of
pluricentric languages in relation to language maintenance and shift
in an immigrant situation (Australia). The three languages selected
(Spanish, Arabic, Chinese) are all pluricentric in different ways and
are all languages of international significance. Analysis of the
differences in language maintenance processes and patterns between the
three languages, and between the different subgroups within the
relevant communities, help pinpoint some of the basic factors in
language maintenance as well as some of the more ambivalent or
variable factors. It has also been possible to consider to what extent
the language gives rise to communities based on language rather than
national origins. Among the findings of the study is the significance
of the major immigration vintage of the group on language maintenance
attitudes and practices. This partly reflects changing policies and
attitudes in mainstream Australian society.

The book will be an important source for sociolinguists, political
scientists and those who are working in the fields of applied
linguistics and ethnic relations.

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