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Wed Feb 4 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Wright

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Message 1: Language Policy and Language Planning: Wright

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 05:27:19 -0500 (EST)
From: palgravemacmillan <palgravemacmillanpalgrave.com>
Subject: Language Policy and Language Planning: Wright


Title: Language Policy and Language Planning
Subtitle: From Nationalism to Globalization
 
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com 
 
Book URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=0-333-98642-3 

Author: Sue Wright, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Languages and
	European Studies at Aston Univer 

Paperback: ISBN: 0333986423, Pages: 328, Price: �17.99/$24.95

 
Abstract:

'This is a fine book...I believe we need to reconceptualise this area
of sociolinguistics and this a is a first step in that direction. Sue
Wright's intellectually provocative book holds real implications for
EU policies, for educational policies, and for governments that still
act as they did in the nineteenth century.' Christina Paulston,
University of Pittsburgh, USA

'One of the best attempts to treat the subject of language in modern
Europe I've ever read. Sue Wright not only masters the relevant
details of European history but also the historical interpretations of
those details.' John E. Joseph, Professor of Applied Linguistics,
University of Edinburgh

A comprehensive advanced textbook, covering not only language learning
imposed by economic or political agendas but also language choices
entered into freely for reasons of social mobility, economic advantage
or group identity. The first part of the book reviews the development
and role of standard languages in the construction of national
communities and identities. The second part examines the linguistic
accommodation of groups in contact, major lingua francas and the case
of 'International English'. The third section explores reactions to
nationalism and globalization, with some attention to language
rights. The book further deals with methodological problems of working
in this interdisciplinary area, and provides detailed illustrations
from a range of countries and communities.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction

PART ONE: COMMUNITY AND THE ROLE OF NATIONAL LANGUAGE
>From Language Continuum to Linguistic Mosaic: European Language
 Communities from the Feudal Period to the Age of Nationalism
Language Planning in State Nations and Nation States
Nation Building in the Wake of Colonialism: Old Concepts in New
 Settings

PART TWO: TRANSCENDENCE AND LANGUAGE LEARNING
Transcending the Group: Languages of Contact and Lingua Francas
French: The Rise and Fall of a Prestige Lingua Franca
English: From Language Empire to the Language of Globalisation
Language in a Post-national Era: Hegemony or Transcendence?

PART THREE: RENAISSANCE AND REVITALISATION IN SMALL LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES
New Discourse, New Legal Instruments and a New Political Context for
 Minorities and their Languages
The Fragmentation of the Old Nation States and the Rise of Small
 Nations
Endangered Languages

Conclusion: Identity and Community: Communication and Transcendence
Bibliography
Index


Lingfield(s):	Sociolinguistics 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)


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