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Title: Language Regimes in Transformation
Subtitle: Future prospects for German and Japanese in science, economy, and politics
Edited By: Florian Coulmas
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110191585-1&l=E
Series Title: Contributions to the Sociology of Language 93
Description:

Globalization has many faces. One of them is the transformation of language
regimes. This book provides an in-depth account of how two second-tier
languages, Japanese and German, are affected by this process. In the
international arena, they no longer compete with English, but their status
in their home countries and as foreign languages in third countries is in
flux. Original empirical and theoretical contributions are presented in
this up-to-date study of language regime change.

The desirability of a single all-purpose language for all communication
needs is seldom questioned. It is simply taken for granted in many advanced
countries such as Japan and the German-speaking countries. However, it is
not clear whether German and Japanese can sustain their full functional
potential if their own speakers use these languages in certain domains with
decreasing frequency. The advantages of borderless communication in a
single language, on the one hand, and maintaining highly cultivated
all-purpose languages, on the other, are obvious. The question of whether
and how these two principles can be reconciled in the age of globalization
is not. In this book, leading scholars present their answers: Ulrich Ammon,
Tessa Carroll, Nanette Gottlieb, Patrick Heinrich, Takao Katsuragi, John
Maher, Kiyoshi Hara, Elmar Holenstein, Konrad Ehlich, Fumio Inoue, and
Florian Coulmas.

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Students of Sociolinguistics, Professionals involved in Language
Policy/Planning.

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): German
Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9783110191585
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Pages: 216
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