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

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Current Issues in Language Planning

Call Deadline: 30-Jan-2013

Call Information:
Language planning as a complex practice
Editor for this issue: Gabrielle Hogan-Brun
G.Hogan-Brun@bristol.ac.uk

This issue looks into the complex nature of language policy and planning activities. LPP processes involve differing components that intersect across a network of connections. The relationship between cause and effect that occurs in such dynamic settings is both nonlinear and multidirectional. Hence language and social phenomena that are produced are often unpredictable. In this way small changes can have large effects and vice versa.

The complex nature of policy and planning practices manifests itself in local contexts where actors are faced with different agendas, ideologies and trajectories. The dynamics revolve around questions of agency, means and players: Who does what to whom? Why, when and how? Who has the right to do what for whom?

We welcome theoretical and empirical studies on the complex architecture of activities in the area of acquisition planning in multilingual contexts that are concerned with (but not limited to):
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- Language in education
•- Education expectations and labour market practices
•- Citizenship and socio-political participation
•- Ideology-driven aspects of public legitimization and institutionalisation
•- The intersection of practices at the macro or micro levels of society.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 30 January 2013
Deadline for receipt of final papers: 15 June 2013


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