LINGUIST List 32.2081

Wed Jun 16 2021

Books: Rethinking Language Policy: Spolsky

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Date: 11-Jun-2021
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Subject: Rethinking Language Policy: Spolsky
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Title: Rethinking Language Policy
Published: 2021
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Author: Bernard Spolsky
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474485494 Pages: 276 Price: U.K. £ 80 Comment: ePub
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474485487 Pages: 276 Price: U.K. £ 80 Comment: PDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474485463 Pages: 276 Price: U.K. £ 80

The definitive guide to the field of language policy, rich with examples.

* Explores a theory of language policy starting with the individual speaker rather than the nation

* Draws on a range of examples and case studies including examples of threatened indigenous and minority languages throughout the world

* Surveys the language practices, beliefs, and planning efforts of a wide range of stakeholders including families, public institutions and local and national activists

Drawing on four decades of research, Bernard Spolsky presents an updated theory of language policy that starts with the individual speaker instead of the nation. In this book, he surveys the language practices, beliefs, and planning efforts of individuals, families, public and private institutions, local and national activists, advocates and managers, and nations. He examines the diversity of linguistic repertoires and the multiplicity of forces, linguistic and non-linguistic, which account for language shift and maintenance. By starting with the individual speaker and moving through the various levels and domains, Spolsky shows the many different policies with which a national government must compete and illustrates why national policy is so difficult. A definitive guide to the field, this is essential reading for policy makers, stakeholders, researchers, and students of language policy.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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