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Mon Dec 17 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: Williams

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        1.    Shereen Muhyeddeen, Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context: Williams


Message 1: Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context: Williams
Date: 12-Dec-2007
From: Shereen Muhyeddeen <s.muhyeddeenpalgrave.com>
Subject: Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context: Williams
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Title: Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context
Published: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
                http://www.palgrave.com

Book URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=275120

Author: Colin Williams
Hardback: ISBN: 9781403987211 Pages: 456 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Abstract:

Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context blends a discussion of the role
of language minorities in politics with a detailed understanding of applied
language policy in a variety of contexts ranging from Quebec, the Basque
Country and Wales to Gaelic Scotland and Northern Ireland. Colin Williams
discusses the controversial and contemporary issues of minority rights and
language protection, the policies of the state in privileging powerful
majorities, the new opportunities and challenges ushered in by
regional-level devolution in Europe and the influence which globalization
has on language competition and survival. He argues that after centuries of
discrimination, well placed linguistic minorities are in positions of power
and influence and must devise new strategies and justification to cope with
the demands of responsible government. His analysis provides a fresh
interpretation of the role of minorities within plurinational states and
poses difficult questions for the framers of policies which seek to promote
unity in diversity in both Europe and North America.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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