LINGUIST List 23.528

Wed Feb 01 2012

Books: History of Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Spooner, Schiffman (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <>

Date: 01-Feb-2012
From: Els van Egmond <>
Subject: Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: Spooner, Schiffman (Eds)
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Title: Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its
Neighbors Subtitle: The Changing Politics of Language Choice Series Title: Brill's Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages Published: 2011 Publisher: Brill

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Editor: Harold F. Schiffman Editor: Brian Spooner Hardback: ISBN: 9789004201453 Pages: 388 Price: Europe EURO 128
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004201453 Pages: 388 Price: U.S. $ 176

Language policy in Central Asia, Afghanistan and the immediately surroundingneighboring countries has a long and varied history. The Iranian revolution of1978, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the ongoing conflict inAfghanistan since 2001 have left the area in a state of flux. This volume gives abetter picture about what is official and explicit, what is not official but implicit orgeneral practice, and what the likely future developments might be. It is veryclear that multilingualism, whether it involves Persian, Russian or English inaddition to other languages, not only has long been a part of the scene, but willprobably continue to be so.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic
Written In: English (eng)

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