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Wed Apr 30 2008

Books: Sociolinguistics: Duchêne, Heller (Eds)

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        1.    Simone Gilson, Discourses of Endangerment: Duchêne, Heller (Eds)

Message 1: Discourses of Endangerment: Duchêne, Heller (Eds)
Date: 28-Apr-2008
From: Simone Gilson <>
Subject: Discourses of Endangerment: Duchêne, Heller (Eds)
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Title: Discourses of Endangerment Subtitle: Ideology and Interest in the Defence of Languages Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics Published: 2008 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Editor: Alexandre Duchêne Editor: Monica Heller Paperback: ISBN: 1847063225 9781847063229 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.

Current academic discussions and public debates about language frequentlyfocus on the importance of defending languages against various kinds ofdangers. Many of these current debates attach great importance tolinguistic diversity. The debates focus on defending institutionalizedlanguages against multilingualism, or conversely defending minoritylanguages against the incursion of larger ones, especially the spread ofEnglish. In both cases, languages are constructed as autonomous wholes,held to need defending against attack. This book challenges such a view oflanguage, to argue that the discussions in question are not in fact aboutlanguage itself. The internationally renowned contributors claim that weare witnessing ideological struggles which are taking place on the terrainof language.

'Discourses of Endangerment' addresses such questions as:*What does language represent in discussions of multilingualism?*Why is it constituted as an organic whole?*In whose interest does it lie to construct language in this way?*Who has an interest in taking various positions for or against officiallanguages?*In what way is the linguistic order tied to the social order?

The book addresses these issues through a set of case studies which locatethe terms of the discussion in broad discourses of language, identity andpower. Covering a wide-range of languages including Catalan, Swedish,Corsican, Ukrainian and French, from different sociolinguisticperspectives, this book is essential reading for students and academicsinterested in language endangerment and sociolinguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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