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LINGUIST List 21.610

Fri Feb 05 2010

Books: Sociolinguistics/Typology: Edwards

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Minority Languages and Group Identity: Edwards

Message 1: Minority Languages and Group Identity: Edwards
Date: 02-Feb-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Minority Languages and Group Identity: Edwards
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Title: Minority Languages and Group Identity
Subtitle: Cases and Categories
Series Title: IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 27
Published: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Impact%2027

Author: John Edwards
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288684 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288684 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027218667 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027218667 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

The central concern in this book is the relationship between language and
group identity, a relationship that is thrown into greatest relief in
'minority' settings. Since much of the current interest in minority
languages revolves around issues of identity politics, language rights and
the plight of 'endangered' languages, one aim of the book is to summarise
and analyse these and other pivotal themes. Furthermore, since the
uniqueness of every language-contact situation does not rest upon unique
elements or features - but, rather, upon the particular weightings and
combinations of features that recur across settings - the second aim here
is to provide a general descriptive framework within which a wide range of
contact settings may be more easily understood. The book thus begins with a
discussion of such matters as language decline, maintenance and revival,
the dynamics of minority languages, and the ecology of language. It then
offers a typological framework that draws and expands upon previous
categorising efforts. Finally, the book presents four case studies that are
both intrinsically interesting and - more importantly - provide specific
illustrations of the generalities discussed earlier.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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