LINGUIST List 8.1076

Mon Jul 21 1997

Books: Language Policy

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Message 1: New Books: Language Policy

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 16:25:42 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <>
Subject: New Books: Language Policy

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new titles in the field of Language Policy:

William Eggington & Helen Wren
1997 xxviii, 170 pp.
US/Canada: Paper: 1 55619 517 6 Price: US$27.95
Rest of the World: Paper: 90 272 2163 4 Price: Hfl. 45,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site:
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'Think globally, act locally' is the message of Language Policy:
Dominant English, Pluralist Challenges. The book examines the impact
of English in countries in which it is taken for granted - Australia,
Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA. It explores how the
dominance of English impacts on the development of national language
policies, the maintenance of minority languages, the ability to
provide services in other languages, the efforts to promote first
language and bilingual education programs, and the opportunities for
adult and child second language and literacy training. The book
examines language and language-in-education policies in these
countries and the extent to which English influences some policies or
precludes others. It explores the viability of a statement on national
language policies that could be adopted by the International Teachers
of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) organization as a
statement of principles. The book explores how to raise issues of
individual, social and educational responsibilities that TESOL members
must face as they are influenced by, and can influence, the language
policy agendas established in these countries. It explores what can be
learned from other English dominant nations, and compares language
policy and practice, developing a more cross-national view on rights
and responsibilities in language and language-in-education in these
five dominant nations.

Theo Bongaerts & Kees de Bot (eds.)
1997 viii, 218 pp. + index
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 518 4 Price: US$54.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 2164 2 Price: Hfl. 95,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site:
For further information via e-mail: This volume,
containing fourteen invited papers on foreign-language policy, starts
off with a brief history of foreign-language teaching policy in the
Netherlands. This historical outline is followed by four contributions
of authors who once developed the Dutch National Action Programme
(NAP) on Foreign Languages under the directorship of Theo van Els. The
second section consists five contributions written by experts from
Germany, Israel, Finland and the United States, who reflect on the
language policies adopted in their countries and on the international
impact of the ideas developed in the NAP. The final section of the
book presents four contributions from Dutch authors, all focussing on
language policy issues related to the respective roles of Dutch as a
second language, and of ethnic-minority languages in the Netherlands.
The contributions to this volume were written by friends and
colleagues of Theo van Els, in recognition of his considerable
contributions to that area of applied linguistics which has captured
his fascination for many years: foreign-language teaching policy.
Contributions by: Kees de Bot; Peter Broeder; Herbert Christ; Geert
Driessen; Guus Extra; Anne-Mieke Janssen-van Dieten; Richard
Lambert; Leijn Melse; Maria Oud-de Glas; A. Renique; Kari
Sajavaara; Elana Shohamy; Bernard Spolsky; Richard Tucker; Dirk
Tuin; Gerard Westhoff; Bert Weltens; Frans Wilhelm.

Martin Puetz (ed.)
1997 xxi, 430 pp. IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society, 1
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 850 7 Price: US$127.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 1831 5 Price: Hfl. 210,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site:
For further information via e-mail:

This volume is about various aspects of the theory and application of
language contact and language conflict phenomena seen from an
interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on the linguistic, social,
psychological, and educational issues (conditions, constraints, and
consequences) involved in the status and use of languages in
multilingual settings. The book is divided into four sections dealing
with the following areas: Theoretical issues: This section addresses
key issues such as the nature of the concepts of language maintenance,
language loyalty and language identity, language shift, language loss
and language death. It includes the search for model of the often
contradictory theoretical issues involved in language contact.
Language policy and language planning: This section examines the
various language policies carried out by official agencies and focuses
on the two basic options available to a multilingual nation:
assimilation or pluralism. Attitudes towards languages: The section
is geared towards research into determinants of language attitudes,
the methods for the measurements of attitudes, as well as the
relationship between language policy and attitude change.
Codeswitching and language choice: The linguistic, social,
psychological, and anthropological implications of using two different
codes will be examined from different perspectives. Relevant research
topics include: the situational uses of code-switching, linguistic and
social constraints on codeswitching, and code-switching
vs. borrowing. A further research paradigm deals with the search for
relativized constraints, resulting from the interaction of universal
principles and aspects particular to each codeswitching situation.
Contributions by: Peter Mahlheusler; Florian Coulmas; Gabriele
Sommer; Manfred Gorlach; Abderrahman el Aissati; Ulrike
Jessner; Robert Philipson and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas; Ulrich Ammon;
Roland Willemyns; Helma Pasch; Herman Batibo; Mathias Brenzinger;
Brian Harlech-Jones; Eugene H. Casad; Annick de Houwer and Wolfgang
Wolck; Sonja Weil and Hansjakob Schneider; Helga
Bister-Broosen; Rebecca Ehret; Carol Pfaff; Pieter Muysken; Rosalie
Finlayson and Sarah Slabbert.

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