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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Language Policy
Subtitle: Hidden Agendas and New Approaches
Written By: Elana Shohamy
Description:

Although we may not know it, more often than not, our use of language is
regulated, both overtly and covertly. In this book, Elana Shohamy delves
into the hidden agendas which operate behind language policy, examining the
decisions surrounding language use, and emphasising the effects of these
decisions, and potential constraint, on different groups within society.

Drawing on examples from the United States, Israel, and United Kingdom
asylum policies, the author demonstrates different categories of language
policy, from explicit use by government bodies and the media, to implicit
use where no active decisions are made. The book also reveals and examines
the mechanisms which are used to introduce language policy, such as
propaganda and even educational material.

This critical exploration of language policy concludes with arguments for a
more democratic and open approach to language policy and planning,
suggesting strategies for resistance and ways to protect the linguistic
rights of individuals and groups.

With useful summaries at the end of each chapter, The Hidden Agendas of
Language Policy will be of interest to students from a variety of
disciplines including linguistics, sociology, political science, philosophy
and communication studies.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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