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LINGUIST List 23.753

Tue Feb 14 2012

Books: Language Policy/Sociolinguistics: Koffi

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , Paradigm Shift in Language Planning and Policy: Koffi


Message 1: Paradigm Shift in Language Planning and Policy: Koffi
Date: 14-Feb-2012
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Paradigm Shift in Language Planning and Policy: Koffi
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Title: Paradigm Shift in Language Planning and Policy
Subtitle: Game-Theoretic Solutions
Series Title: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] 101
Published: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/42465?format=G

Author: Ettien Koffi
Electronic: ISBN: 9781934078112 Pages: 328 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781934078105 Pages: 328 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

The book proposes a paradigm shift in language planning and language policy
in Africa. For the past fifty years, the dominant model has been the
hegemonic model whereby a language of wider communication (LWC) is
imposed on minority languages. It is now time for a paradigm shift in favor of
a more egalitarian model in which all the languages spoken in the same
country, irrespective of their size, are planned. The paradigm shift concerns
four critical areas: status planning, cost-benefit planning, acquisition planning,
and corpus planning.

Such a shift is justified for the following reasons: First, the hegemonic model
has a dismal track record of success in Africa and elsewhere. Second, the
hegemonic model exacerbates linguistic conflicts in many countries.
Consequently, policy makers shun it for fear of jeopardizing the fragile social
fabric in their respective countries. Last, a shift away from the hegemonic
model is recommended because it is too costly to implement. The
"democratic model" is undergirded by the Strategic Game Theory proposed
by David Laitin. It forecasts a 3±1 language outcome for most African
countries. This outcome supports the "three language formula" now called for
by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Policy
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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