LINGUIST List 11.262

Mon Feb 7 2000

TOC: J of Multilingual & Multicultural Development

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  1. Kathryn King, Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development Vol 20: 4&5

Message 1: Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development Vol 20: 4&5

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 14:23:01 +0000
From: Kathryn King <>
Subject: Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development Vol 20: 4&5

Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development Vol 20: 4&5

The Language Planning Situation in Malawi

Edrinnie Kayambazinthu

Department of English, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, P.O.
Box 280, Zomba, Malawi

This monograph presents a detailed study on the language planning
situation in Malawi. It explores the historical and political
processes, as well as current practices of language planning in the
country. The discussion further reconstructs and demonstrates how
sociopolitical change has been perceived in Malawi and how this
perception has translated into language planning in education, the
media and the general patterns of language use. The role of prominent
individuals, the language situation itself and the sociopolitical
issues serve as bases from which language planning in Malawi should be
understood. Taken together the resultant language planning practices
(past and present) present an interesting case study of pervasive ad
hoc and reactive language planning based more on self-interest and
political whim than research.

The Language Situation in Mozambique

Armando Jorge Lopes

Modern Languages Department, Faculty of Arts, PO Box 257, Eduardo
Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

This paper addresses the language situation in post-independent
Mozambique from both a language-planning and a language-policy
perspective. It begins with a presentation of an up-to-date language
profile of the country, as well as a discussion of its high linguistic
diversity. This is followed by an investigation of the language spread
dynamics in education, literacy and media. Then, the paper argues that
language- planning activities, which are ultimately derived from the
nature of the Mozambican society and the consequent language needs,
should lead to a maintenance-oriented promotion type of language
policy in the polity. The final section attempts an evaluation of the
prospects for an improved cohabitation between the Bantu languages,
Portuguese and English in multilingual Mozambique.

The Language Planning Situation in the Philippines

Andrew Gonzalez, FSC

Department of Language and Literature, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft
Avenue, Manila 1004, Republic of the Philippines

The article begins with the language profile of the Philippines based
on census data and the sociolinguistics and historical literature of
the languages (local and second, largely English) in the country. The
uses of the languages in various domains, especially in the field of
education are described, and current policy on the Philippine version
of bilingual education discussed and evaluated. In the third section,
on language policy and planning, a historical sketch of language
planning from laws enacted, revised and policies implemented is
given. The prospects for the future are weighed and some guesses and
estimates made on the future of the local languages and the second
language, English.

Pricing information:
A 1999 subscription to Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural
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Kathryn King
Multilingual Matters Ltd
Frankfurt Lodge, Clevedon Hall
Victoria Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7HH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1275-876519; Fax: +44 (0) 1275-871673
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