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As the colonial hegemony of empire fades around the world, the role of language in ethnic conflict has become increasingly topical, as have issues concerning the right of speakers to choose and use their preferred language(s). Such rights are often asserted and defended in response to their being violated. The importance of understanding these events and issues, and their relationship to individual, ethnic, and national identity, is central to research and debate in a range of fields outside of, as well as within, linguistics. This book provides a clearly written introduction for linguists and non-specialists alike, presenting basic facts about the role of language in the formation of identity and the preservation of culture. It articulates and explores categories of conflict and language rights abuses through detailed presentation of illustrative case studies, and distills from these key cross-linguistic and cross-cultural generalizations.Read more
- The first book to support courses on the topic in linguistics, anthropology and international relations
- Accessible to non-linguists interested in examining global conflicts from the perspective of ethnolinguistic conflict and language rights
- Brings this important topic to the forefront, exploring all of the many ways in which language is the primary vehicle for personal, ethnic, and national identity
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‘This book will be a delight to teach, learn from or just read. Davies and Dubinsky have given us an extremely useful introduction to the vast and topical field of language conflicts and language rights. After a review of basic notions in linguistic science for the non-professional reader, they take up the issues of identity, language rights in the context of human rights, and present a typology of language conflicts. These include indigenous minorities such as the Sami in Norway or the Ainu in Japan, geopolitical minorities like the Hungarians in Slovakia or Hispanics in Southwest US, migrating minorities such as the Roma in Europe and Puerto Ricans in the US, then intra-linguistic minorities like African American English speakers in the US, and finally, conflicts arising from competition for linguistic dominance are discussed in detail, e.g. Flemish vs. Walloons in Belgium and French vs. English in Canada. Carefully planned, well researched and reader-friendly, this textbook will be used profitably on any continent where university courses are offered on the life and death of human languages and the fate of their speakers.' Miklós Kontra, Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, HungarySee more reviews
‘What is lost linguistically when we lose a language? What is lost politically and culturally? William D. Davies and Stanley Dubinsky have written a very important book answering these crucial questions. It should be part of the library of linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, politicians and anyone interested in how our psyches are formed by language.' Daniel L. Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley University, Massachusetts, and author of How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention and Don't Sleep There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
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- Date Published: October 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107606586
- length: 446 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 151 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.73kg
- contains: 24 b/w illus. 42 maps 25 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Language and the Speaker:
1. The sounds and sounds systems of language
2. Words and word structure
3. Grammar and the organization of words into expressions
4. Language change and variation – languages vs. dialects
Glossary for Part I
Further readings and resources for Part I
Part II. Language in the World:
5. Language and personal identity – personal names in the world
6. Language and cultural identity – language and thought
7. Language and national identity
8. The role of writing systems
9. Framing language rights in the context of human rights
Further readings and resources for Part II
Part III. A Typology of Language Conflicts: Introduction to Part III
10. Indigenous minorities
11. Geopolitical minorities
12. Minorities of migration
13. Intra-linguistic (dialectal) minorities
14. Competition for linguistic dominance
Further readings and resources for Part III
Part IV. Language Endangerment, Extinction, and Revival:
15. Linguistic taxonomy, ecology, and ownership
16. Language revitalization and revival
Further readings and resources for Part IV
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