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Wed May 5 1999

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Language Legislation, New Zealand English Grammar

Message 1: Language Legislation, New Zealand English Grammar

Date: Mon, 03 May 1999 20:40:20 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Language Legislation, New Zealand English Grammar


John Benjamins announces the publication of these two new works in
Sociolinguistics:

Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights.
Selected Proceedings of the Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights
Conference, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March, 1996.
Douglas A. KIBBEE (ed.)
IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 2
US & Canada: 1 55619 851 5 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 1832 3 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

The contributions to this volume cover a broad range of issues in
language policy that are hotly debated in every corner of the
globe. The articles included investigate the implications of language
policies on the notion of language rights as the issues are played out
in very specific circumstances - from the courtroom in Australia to
the legislature in California to the educational system in England to
the administrative practices of the European Commission. The authors
explore conflicts between basic conceptions of fairness in justice,
administration and education on the one hand, and political and
economic realities on the other. Articles focus on langage issues in
the United States, Canada, Brazil, England, France, Slovakia, Russia,
Sri Lanka, Australia and several African states. Other articles
consider the implications of new supernational agreements - the
European Union, NAFTA, GATT, the OAU - on language issues in the
signatory states. In sum the volume offers an extensive presentation
of current issues and practices in language policy and linguistic
human rights.

Contributions by: Chris Andre; Richard Bailey; Norine Berenz;
Louis-Jean Calvet; James Crawford; Douglas Kibbee; Mikl\243s Kontra;
Normand Labrie; Kahambo Mateene; Patricia Macgregor-Mendoza; Yves
Marek; Ruth Morris; Michel Nguessan; Sheila Nmusi; Gerald Paquette;
Carsten Quell; Thomas Ricento; Elena Schmitt; Kate Storey; Joyce
B. Sukumane; Joan Swann; Terence G. Wiley.

New Zealand English Grammar - Fact or Fiction?
A corpus-based study in morphosyntactic variation.
Marianne HUNDT
Varieties of English Around the World G23
US & Canada: 1 55619 721 7 / USD 59.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 4881 8 / NLG 118.00 (Hardcover)

New Zealand English (NZE) is one of the younger post-colonial
varieties of English. It is therefore not surprising that previous
research focused on lexical and phonological aspects of NZE and
practically neglected grammatical peculiarities. New Zealand English
Grammar - Fact or Fiction? presents a careful comparative analysis of
parallel corpora of New Zealand, British, American and Australian
English in order to single out morphological, syntactic and
lexico-grammatical features typical of an emerging New Zealand
standard. In addition to corpus data on regional variation, the author
uses data on short-term diachronic change within British and American
English to show how regional variation is closely related to both
stylistic variation (a world-wide colloquialisation of the written
norms of English) and ongoing linguistic change leading to temporal
regional differences. NZE is different from other national varieties
of English in terms of preferences for certain variants rather than
categorically different grammatical rules. Nevertheless, it is a
standard in its own right in so far as it is a typical mix of variants
available in World English. The methodological approach combines both
qualitative analyses and statistical evidence. The question in how far
statistically significant differences in word frequencies can be shown
to be linguistically significant is also relevant for other
quantitative research into emerging national standards.

John Benjamins Publishing Co.
P O Box 27519
Philadelphia PA 19118
Ph: 215 836-1200
Fax: 215 836-1204
Website: http://www.benjamins.com
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