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Books: Sociolinguistics: Brown, Ganguly (Eds)

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Message 1: Fighting Words: Brown, Ganguly (Eds)

Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 16:03:12 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Fighting Words: Brown, Ganguly (Eds)


Title: Fighting Words
Subtitle: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia
Series Title: BCSIA Studies in International Security 

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	MIT Press 

Book URL:

Editor: Michael E. Brown, Georgetown University
Editor: Sumit Ganguly, University of Texas at Austin 

Paperback: ISBN: 0262523337, Pages: 400, Price: U.S. $24.95 


Language policy is a sensitive issue in most countries. In countries
where more than one language is spoken--the vast majority of
countries--language policies affect the ability of individuals and
groups to participate in government, to be treated fairly by
governmental agencies, to have access to government services, to take
advantage of educational opportunities, and to pursue economic

Language policies also affect the prospects for survival of ethnic
groups that define themselves on the basis of language.
Assimilationist policies can threaten the existence of minority groups
as distinct entities. Accommodationist policies might allow many
ethnic groups to flourish but weaken national unity. In many
countries, disputes over language policies have led to ethnic tensions
and, in some cases, to violent ethnic conflicts.

This book analyzes the impact of different kinds of language policies
on ethnic relations in fifteen multiethnic countries in Asia and the
Pacific. The analyses include discussion of the origins of different
language policies and of how the policies have evolved over time. The
book develops policy recommendations, both for individual countries
and in more general terms.

Alyssa Ayres, Jacques Bertrand, Michael E. Brown, Mary P. Callahan,
Jyotirinda Das Gupta, Neil DeVotta, June Teufel Dryer, Sumit Ganguly,
Caroline S. Hau, Charles Keyes, R. J. May, Amena Mohsin, Victoria
L. Tinio, Thaveeporn Vasavakul

Lingfield(s):	Sociolinguistics
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG) 

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