LINGUIST List 27.1228

Wed Mar 09 2016

Books: Towards Openly Multilingual Policies and Practices: Laakso, Sarhimaa, Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Toivanen

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Date: 09-Mar-2016
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Subject: Towards Openly Multilingual Policies and Practices: Laakso, Sarhimaa, Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Toivanen
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Title: Towards Openly Multilingual Policies and Practices
Subtitle: Assessing Minority Language Maintenance Across Europe
Series Title: Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights
Published: 2016
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Author: Johanna Laakso
Author: Anneli Sarhimaa
Author: Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark
Author: Reetta Toivanen
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783094950 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783094950 Pages: 280 Price: U.S. $ 169.95

This book investigates the maintenance of multilingualism and minority languages in 12 different minority communities across Europe, all of which are underrepresented in international minority language studies. The book presents a number of case studies covering a broad range of highly diverse minorities and languages with different historical and socio-political backgrounds. Despite current legislation and institutional and educational support, the authors surmise there is no guarantee for the maintenance of minority languages, suggesting changes in attitudes and language ideologies are the key to promoting true multilingualism. The book also introduces a new tool, the European Language Vitality Barometer, for assessing the maintenance of minority languages on the basis of survey data. The book is based on the European Language Diversity for All (ELDIA) research project which was funded by the European Commission (7th framework programme, 2010–2013).

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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