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Title: Along the Routes to Power
Subtitle: Explorations of Empowerment through Language
Edited By: Martin Pütz
Joshua A Fishman
JoAnne Neff-van Aertselaer
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110185997-1&l=E
Series Title: Contributions to the Sociology of Language 92

The present volume grew out of the 30th International LAUD Symposium, held
on April 19-22, 2004 at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Landau,
Germany. The conference, "Empowerment through Language", was centrally
concerned with the concept of power and/or empowerment as observed in the
status and use of language(s) and their speakers in bilingual and
multilingual communities. The book discusses the theoretical issues
inherent in the relation between language and power, the empowerment
strategies involved in language policy and language planning situations,
and the issue of language endangerment in Africa, i.e., the fate of
minority languages and their speakers and the sociopolitical factors
perpetuating their exclusion from access to knowledge and skills.

The volume constitutes a collection of papers by prominent linguists from
many countries who explore the exciting interdisciplinary area of language,
power, and linguistic empowerment. Broadly speaking, the papers focus on
the theoretical and sociolinguistic problems related to the role of power
in language policy and language planning situations in multilingual
settings, language choices, code switches, and associated topics. Thus, the
aim of the volume is to open up language policy and language planning
issues as observed in multilingual contexts (nations, institutions, other
settings, and domains) to the wider community of critical sociolinguistics
by concentrating on the relationship between language and power. More
particularly, it offers a decidedly sociolinguistic perspective to the
study of language and power, which likewise has been tackled from other
perspectives in the areas of sociology and political science. This
interdisciplinary relationship is important both for linguistics and for
the sociology of language. In this way, the book is an important
contribution to general linguistics, sociolinguistics, minority issues in
multilingual settings as well as the social sciences.

In honor of his 80th birthday (2006), Fishman's colleagues and former
students are preparing five volumes by him or about him, this being one of

Neville Alexander, Ulrich Ammon, Herman Batibo, Rose Marie Beck, Janine
Brutt-Griffler, Michael Clyne, Florian Coulmas, Pauline Djité, John
Edwards, Sabine Ehrhart, Christian Mair, Peter Mühlhäusler, Joshua A.
Fishman, Ofelia García, Karsten Legère, Heiko Marten, Carol Myers-Scotton,
JoAnne Neff-van Aertselaer, Lydia Nyati-Ramahobo, Augustin Simo Bobda,
Bernard Spolsky, Hans-Georg Wolf, Herbert Igboanusi

This book contains powerful and persuasive writing from a team of top
international scholars. It is ground-breaking by impressively focusing on
how power and empowerment are foundational to the health and prospect of
all the world's languages. This book announces the centrality of the
'sociolinguistics of power' by confronting researchers, teachers and
planners across various language and cultural disciplines with 'power and
empowerment' as crucial to any modern understanding of languages.
Colin Baker, University of Bangor, Wales

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110185997
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 418
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
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