It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Language Policy Evaluation and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
This book proposes an innovative treatment of minority language policies, by looking at them as policy options that can be methodically evaluated. The author applies the analytical concepts and technical tools of policy analysis to guide the reader through a step-by-step application of notions such as effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, with particular reference to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The thrust of this book is deeply interdisciplinary, and links the evaluation exercise to sociolinguistic, political and legal considerations.
1 Topicality - Not all countries in Europe have signed up to the Charter as yet; it's a legislative tool with very broad implications 2 Topicality - Recent political upheaval and migration within Eastern Europe and minority nationalist movements in countries in Western Europe put language planning and protection for minority languages high up the political agenda 3 Originality - This approach quite different from other books, as it stresses concepts from economics and social policy analysis rather than concepts of law and rights 4 First major analysis of the implementation of the Charter 5 Includes the full text of Charter, commentary, Flensburg recommendations and a selection of internet resources to enable reader to use the book as a self-contained resource CONTENTS
Preface and Acknowledgements PART I: Core Issues and Concepts Introduction and Overview Language Policy PART II: The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages The Charter: An Overview Implementing the Charter: Organisational Issues PART III: Application >From Legal Texts to 'Good Policy' Effectiveness Costs and Cost-Effectiveness Democracy A Walk-Through Example: Language Education Policy Conclusions Assessment and Perspectives Bibliography Appendices: The Text of the Charter; Explanatory Report on the Charter; The Flensburg Recommendations; Selected Internet Resources
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
FRANÇOIS GRIN is Senior Lecturer at the University of Geneva and Adjunct Director of the University of Geneva's Education Research Unit. He has served as the Deputy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Germany and taught in Canada and in the United States. He is the author of numerous publications in language and education policy evaluation.