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Title: Do Not Leave Your Language Alone
Subtitle: The Hidden Status Agendas Within Corpus Planning in Language Policy
Written By: Joshua A Fishman
Description:

This book, focused on corpus planning in language policy, provides a broad,
integrative framework and also discusses multiple languages in detail. It
provides readers with great familiarity with a wide range of language cases
and at the same time gives them the theoretical tools and analysis to see
how they inter-relate.The novelty of the volume is twofold: First, it deals
with corpus planning alone (modernizing a language per se), and second, it
does so in terms of a systematization of the often unconscious language
status aspirations that both guide language planners themselves and
motivate the lay public (the target population of all language planning).

Corpus planning is going on all over the world today and inevitably becomes
an expression of the societal goals, ideologies, and aspirations of the
societies and cultures that support it. The implication is that the
distinction between corpus and status planning, which has a long tradition
in language planning research, must be critically re-examined.

Written at an introductory level assuming no prior knowledge of the field,
this book is intended as a text for higher undergraduate and lower graduate
level courses in language planning and policy. It is equally valuable for
researchers in the field of language planning, policy, and politics, as
well as those in sociolinguistics, political science, and communication
studies more generally - that is, for all who are interested in fostering
or limiting human intervention in the language change processes that are
ongoing worldwide. Finally, an introduction to corpus planning that is full
of historical vignettes, good humor, visual illustrations, and cutting-edge
thought!

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
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