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Bernard Spolsky, Language policy -

  • Richard B. Baldauf (a1) and Minglin Li (a2)

Bernard Spolsky, Language policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. ix, 250, Pb.A$59.95 / US$29.95.

In the past five years, several books (Baker 2002, Ricento 2006, Shohamy 2006) and a journal, all entitled Language policy, have appeared, attesting to the interest in this topic. Volumes in this Cambridge series, “Key Topics in Sociolinguistics,” are meant to provide “accessible yet challenging accounts of the most important issues to consider when examining the relationships between language and society” (n.p.). Spolsky's volume explores many of the debates at the forefront of language policy: ideas of correctness and bad language, bilingualism and multilingualism, language death and efforts to preserve endangered languages, language choice as a human and civil right, and language education policy. Unlike the topical collections previously listed, it suggests a sustained theoretical model of what the field might entail.

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Baker, S. J. (ed.) (2002). Language policy: Lessons from global models. Monterey, CA: Monterey Institute.
Brutt-Griffler, J. (2002). World English: A study of its development. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Fishman, Joshua A. (1991). Reversing language shift: The theoretical and empirical foundations of assistance to threatened languages. Clevedon, Avon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Fishman, Joshua A. (2000). Can threatened languages be saved: Reversing language shift, revisited: A 21st century perspective. Clevedon, Avon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Kaplan, R. B., & Baldauf, R. B., Jr. (2003). Language and language-in-education planning in the Pacific basin. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.
Neustupný, J. V., & Nekvapil, J. (2003). Language management in the Czech Republic. Current issues in language planning 4(3/4):181366.
Ricento, T. (ed.) (2006). An introduction to language policy: Theory and method. Oxford: Blackwell.
Shohamy, E. (2006). Language policy: Hidden agendas and new approaches. London: Routledge.
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Language in Society
  • ISSN: 0047-4045
  • EISSN: 1469-8013
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