LINGUIST List 23.4723

Mon Nov 12 2012

Books: Survival and Development of Language Communities: Vila (Ed)

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Date: 09-Nov-2012
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Subject: Survival and Development of Language Communities: Vila (Ed)
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Title: Survival and Development of Language CommunitiesSubtitle: Prospects and ChallengesSeries Title: Multilingual Matters

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Editor: F. Xavier Vila

Hardback: ISBN: 9781847698353 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 139.95Hardback: ISBN: 9781847698353 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 89.95Paperback: ISBN: 9781847698346 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 29.95Paperback: ISBN: 9781847698346 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 49.95


Too small to be big, but also too big to be really small, medium-sized language communities (MSLCs) face their own challenges in a rapidly globalising world where multilingualism and mobility seem to be eroding the old securities that the monolingual nation states provided. The questions to be answered are numerous: What are the main areas in which the position of these languages is actually threatened? How do these societies manage their diversity (both old and new)? Has state machinery really become as irrelevant in terms of language policy as their portrayals often suggest? This book explores the responses to these and other challenges by seven relatively successful MSLCs, so that their lessons can be applied more generally to other languages striving for long term survival.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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