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Title: The Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy
Edited By: Bernard Spolsky

Over the last 50 years, language policy has developed into a major discipline,
drawing on research and practice in many nations and at many levels. This is
the first Handbook to deal with language policy as a whole and is a complete
'state-of-the-field' survey, covering language practices, beliefs about
language varieties, and methods and agencies for language management. It
provides a historical background which traces the development of classical
language planning, describes activities associated with indigenous and
endangered languages, and contains chapters on imperialism, colonialism,
effects of migration and globalization, and educational policy. It also
evaluates language management agencies, analyzes language activism and
looks at language cultivation (including reform of writing systems,
orthography and modernized terminology). The definitive guide to the subject,
it will be welcomed by students, researchers and language professionals in
linguistics, education and politics.

Advance praise: 'Under Spolsky's capable editorship, language policy has
come of age, with a book that will be as invaluable to policy makers,
implementers and stakeholders as it is indispensable to students and
researchers.' John E. Joseph, University of Edinburgh

'… explains why administrators promulgate instructional programs in which
forgetting exceeds learning, inadequate time insures fractured acquisition,
and materials and assessment ignores research.' Robert B. Kaplan, Emeritus
Professor, University of Southern California

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521195652
Prices: U.K. £ 95.00
U.S. $ 170.00