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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

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Title: Language Policy
Written By: Bernard Spolsky
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/9780521011754
Series Title: Key Topics in Sociolinguistics
Description:

Language policy is an issue of critical importance in the world today. In
this up-to-date introduction, Bernard Spolsky explores many debates at the
forefront of language policy: ideas of correctness and bad language;
bilingualism and multilingualism; language death and efforts to preserve
endangered languages; language choice as a human and civil right; and
language education policy. Through looking at the language practices,
beliefs and management of social groups from families to supra-national
organizations, he develops a theory of modern national language policy and
the major forces controlling it, such as the demands for efficient
communication, the pressure for national identity, the attractions of (and
resistance to) English as a global language, and the growing concern for
human and civil rights as they impinge on language. Two central questions
asked in this wide-ranging survey are of how to recognize language
policies, and whether or not language can be managed at all.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
Icelandic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521804612
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 268
Prices: U.S. $ 70
U.K. £ 45

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521011752
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 268
Prices: U.S. $ 27.99
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