LINGUIST List 20.1115

Fri Mar 27 2009

Books: Applied Ling: Spolsky

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Language Management: Spolsky

Message 1: Language Management: Spolsky
Date: 25-Mar-2009
From: Daniel Davies <>
Subject: Language Management: Spolsky
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Title: Language Management Published: 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Bernard Spolsky Hardback: ISBN: 9780521516099 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 115.00 Comment: Disc.: $92.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521735971 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 45.00 Comment: Disc.: $36.00

Language policy is all about choices. If you are bilingual or plurilingual,you have to choose which language to use. Even if you speak only onelanguage, you have choices of dialects and styles. Some of these choicesare the result of management, reflecting conscious and explicit efforts bylanguage managers to control the choices. This is the first book to presenta specific theory of language management. Bernard Spolsky reviews currentresearch on the family, religion, the workplace, the media, schools, legaland health institutions, the military and government. Also discussed arelanguage activists, international organizations, and human rights relativeto language, and the book concludes with a review of language managers andmanagement agencies. A model is developed that recognizes the complexity oflanguage management, makes sense of the various forces involved, andclarifies why it is such a difficult enterprise.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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