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Title: European Vernacular Literacy
Subtitle: A Sociolinguistic and Historical Introduction
Written By: Joshua A Fishman
Series Title: New Perspectives on Language and Education

In this major new text, Joshua Fishman charts the rise of vernacular literacy in
Europe, and the major social, economic, religious, political, demographic,
educational and philosophical changes that attended it. Following the story up
until the present day, the book examines the people who became leaders of the
growth of vernacular literacy in Europe, and looks at how European colonizers
viewed vernacular literacy efforts in their current and former colonies. Looking
forward, Fishman discusses how new technology affects vernacular literacy both
now and in the present, and whether developments in voice and visual media
mean that vernacular literacy will be less important to future generations than it
is to us. 'European Vernacular Literacy' is not only a review of well-known facts
and theories of the rise of vernacular literacy in Europe, but an attempt to
reintegrate and rethink them along new and provocative lines, meaning that the
book will be of interest not only to students of literacy and history but also to
scholars interested in Fishman's latest contribution to sociolinguistics.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847692924
Pages: 104
Prices: U.S. $ 79.95
U.K. £ 44.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847692917
Pages: 104
Prices: U.K. £ 14.95
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