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Wed May 7 2003

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  1. f.kennedy, Language Policy Evaluation and the European Charter...

Message 1: Language Policy Evaluation and the European Charter...

Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 16:00:40 +0000
From: f.kennedy <>
Subject: Language Policy Evaluation and the European Charter...

Title: Language Policy Evaluation and the European Charter for
 Regional or Minority Languages
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Availability: Available
Author: Fran´┐Żois Grin				

Hardback: ISBN: 1403900329, Pages: 272, Price: GBP50.00 $78.00
This book proposes an innovative treatment of minority language
policies, by looking at them as policy options that can be
methodically evaluated. The author applies the analytical concepts
and technical tools of policy analysis to guide the reader through a
step-by-step application of notions such as effectiveness and
cost-effectiveness, with particular reference to the European Charter
for Regional or Minority Languages. The thrust of this book is deeply
interdisciplinary, and links the evaluation exercise to
sociolinguistic, political and legal considerations.


1 Topicality - Not all countries in Europe have signed up to the
Charter as yet; it's a legislative tool with very broad implications
2 Topicality - Recent political upheaval and migration within Eastern
Europe and minority nationalist movements in countries in Western
Europe put language planning and protection for minority languages
high up the political agenda
3 Originality - This approach quite different from other books, as it
stresses concepts from economics and social policy analysis rather
than concepts of law and rights
4 First major analysis of the implementation of the Charter
5 Includes the full text of Charter, commentary, Flensburg
recommendations and a selection of internet resources to enable reader
to use the book as a self-contained resource


Preface and Acknowledgements
PART I: Core Issues and Concepts
Introduction and Overview
Language Policy
PART II: The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
The Charter: An Overview
Implementing the Charter: Organisational Issues
PART III: Application
>From Legal Texts to 'Good Policy'
Costs and Cost-Effectiveness
A Walk-Through Example: Language Education Policy
Assessment and Perspectives
Appendices: The Text of the Charter; Explanatory Report on the
Charter; The Flensburg Recommendations; Selected Internet Resources


FRAN´┐ŻOIS GRIN is Senior Lecturer at the University of Geneva and
Adjunct Director of the University of Geneva's Education Research
Unit. He has served as the Deputy Director of the European Centre for
Minority Issues in Germany and taught in Canada and in the United
States. He is the author of numerous publications in language and
education policy evaluation.
Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics

Areal Regions: Western Europe

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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