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Books: A Post-Liberal Approach to Language Policy in Education: Petrovic

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Date: 05-Dec-2014
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Subject: A Post-Liberal Approach to Language Policy in Education: Petrovic
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Title: A Post-Liberal Approach to Language Policy in Education
Series Title: New Perspectives on Language and Education
Published: 2014
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Author: John E. Petrovic
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783092840 Pages: 136 Price: U.K. £ 69.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783092840 Pages: 136 Price: U.S. $ 119.95

This provocative defense of language diversity works through the strengths and weaknesses of liberal political theory to inform language policy. The book presents the argument that policy must occupy the space between 'linguistics of community' and 'linguistics of contact' in a way that balances individual autonomy and group recognition while not reifying 'language'. Drawing on the importance of the language/identity link, the author distinguishes between language negative liberalism and language positive liberalism, arguing against the former. This distinction orients consideration of increasingly specific language policy issues, such as official languages, language rights, bilingual education, and uses of language varieties within classrooms.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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