LINGUIST List 12.149

Mon Jan 22 2001

Books: Language Planning

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Message 1: Language Planning: Motivation in Language Planning and Language Policy

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 11:18:45 +0000
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Subject: Language Planning: Motivation in Language Planning and Language Policy

Dennis Ager (Professor Emeritus, Aston University, Birmingham)

- Covers the three components of motivation: motives, attitudes and
 goals and the relationship between them
- Looks at the motivation of policy makers in language planning and
 individuals in their own language behaviour

The aim of this book is to investigate motives for action on language.
Seven seem to recur: identity, insecurity, ideology, image, inequality,
integration and instrumentality. The author relates those to wider
issues of personal and social motivation, discussing the language
strategies, plans and policies of a number of individuals, communities
and states.

1. Identity
 Regional Languages in France 1539 to195; Arabic in Algeria 1962 to 1990;
 Catalan 1978 to 1998; Indian Language Policy from 1950; The 1993 Welsh
 Language Act
2. Ideology
 The Standard Language in the UK 1988-1995
3. Image
 Language Spread: The Case for German; Japanese Abroad; A European
 Language Policy
4. Insecurity
 Language Policy in Central Europe: Fear of the Gypsies?; Official
 Neologisms in French
5. Inequality
 Language and Gender; The European Chart for Regional and Minority
 Languages; The Australian National Policy on languages
6. Integration and Instrumentality
 Immigration; The lingua franca; Individuals and Language Acquisition
7. Measuring Motivation in Language Planning and Language Policy
8. The Language Behaviour of Individuals and Communities
9. Language Policy: The Language Behaviour of those in Power

Dennis AGER is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages at Aston
University, UK. His interests lie in the interface between language and
society. He is the author of Francophonie in the 1990s: Problems and
Opportunities (Multilingual matters, 1996), Language Policy in Britain
and France: The Processes of Policy (Cassells, 1996), Language,
Community and the State (Intellect, 1997) and Identity, Insecurity and
Image: France and Language (Multilingual Matters, 1999).

Multilingual Matters 119 (MM119)
March 2001 size 210mm x 148mm 210pp 
Hbk ISBN: 1-85359-529-2 �44.95/ US$69.95/ CAN$89.95
Pbk ISBN: 1-85359-528-4 �15.95/ US$24.95/ CAN$29.95

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