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Title: Language, Negotiation and Peace
Subtitle: The Use of English in Conflict Resolution
Written By: Patricia Friedrich
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com
Description:

"This pioneering work is clear, insightful, and well-organized. Its author
makes a courageous case for using language, and specifically English, for
peaceful purposes (inter)nationally, making the book relevant to those
researching and teaching languages, psychology, applied linguistics, and
peace studies."
- Professor Dr Francisco Gomes de Matos, Federal University of Pernambuco,
Brazil

The end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries have
witnessed a large scale increase in demands for international peace keeping
mechanisms. Because of a complex history of spread and power, English has
become the de facto lingua franca of international communication and
negotiation, and the inevitable accompaniment to this is the growth in
hostility against the perceived imperialism of the English language. This
book argues that the growth of English(es) as a lingua franca has the
potential to foster closer bonds between communities, countries and
continents. Using the background methodology of Peace Studies, Patricia
Friedrich applies political theory to linguistic evidence, to show how
English can be instrumental both in the restoration of peace and in the
building of social justice. In this analysis, the language classroom
emerges as a central site in conflict prevention.

A fascinating, innovative study of the place of the English language in the
modern world, this book will be of interest to academics researching
applied linguistics or world Englishes.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780826493
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 144
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00