LINGUIST List 8.940

Fri Jun 27 1997

Books: Socioling

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Message 1: New Books: Sociolinguistics

Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 17:44:46 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: New Books: Sociolinguistics

			 Joshua A.Fishman 


		 A Comparative View Of Positive
		 Ethnolinguistic Consciousness
		 1997. 23 x 15.5 cm. XIX, 351 pages.
		 Cloth DM 228,-/approx. US$ 163.00
			 ISBN 3-11-015090-5 
	 Contributions to the Sociology of Language 76

		Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

This is an analysis and interpretation of the thematic content of
statements of praise and commitment pertaining to a sample of
vernacular languages from all over the world. It is an attempt to
describe, classify, interpret and make a few quantitative comparisons
in connection with the positive content of ethnolinguistic
consciousness, a topic which has thus far been left untreated in the
voluminous literature on ethnicity and nationalism.
Among the questions asked are: What are the positive views about their
vernaculars that have been expressed by peoples all over the world?
Are there any regularities to these views, across time and across
space? Are there more common and less common themes, and if so, which
are which? This study of ethnolinguistic consciousness, that is, of
what may become a component, a channel, and a goal of nationalism,
will be obligatory reading for all interested in the relation between
ethnolinguistic consciousness and nationalism.


			 Tara Goldstein 

		Bilingual Life on the Production Floor 

		 1997. 23 x 15.5 cm. XV, 276 pages. 
		 Cloth DM 198,-/approx. US$ 141.00
			 ISBN 3-11-015058-1 
	 Contributions to the Sociology of Language 74

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

This is an exciting new ethnography about language use, identity, and
economic survival and mobility in a Canadian manufacturing
factory. Inquiring into the meaning of languages for Portuguese
immigrant workers, Goldstein explores the questions of why workers do
or do not learn official languages of their host countries, why
workers do or do not maintain their mother tongues, and why workers
are or are not able to exploit their linguistic resources in local
labour markets. By examining the context of second language learning
in a new way, Goldstein challenges researchers and teachers to
re-examine assumptions about how to best help students in the process
of learning a second language. 


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