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Language Policy

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Part of Key Topics in Sociolinguistics

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521011754

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  • The volume brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to create a broad perspective on the study of style and variation in spoken language. The book discusses key approaches to stylistic variation, including such issues as attention paid to speech, audience design, identity construction, the corpus study of register, genre, distinctiveness and the anthropological study of style. Rigorous and engaging, this book will become the standard work on stylistic variation. It will be welcomed by students and academics in sociolinguistics, English language, dialectology, anthropology and sociology.

    • Proposes a theory of, and identifies the principal forces affecting, language policy
    • Bases its theory on the analysis of a very wide range of national and local policies
    • Deals with a wide range of issues, such as the complexity of US policy, the growth of human and civil rights, the movement to preserve endangered languages, and the call for linguistic purity
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    "It is one of the virtues of this book that what one author suggests or asserts may be supplemented or argued with by another. Reading these papers is therefore not unlike attending a thoughtful debate carried on by is a rigorous and well-referenced (there is a 32-page bibliography) exploration of style from a variety of perspectives. In addition, the work provides fascinating critiques of the many viewpoints presented during the workshop." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

    "Taking into account this gathering of refined versions of classical approaches to style with others completely new perspectives on the one hand, and the extensive reflections on each of these that other experts offer, the book constitutes an excellent up to date of research into the role of style in sociolinguistic variation and represents a serious attempt to solve the problems that its analysis poses. The collection is a fundamental reference, therefore, for students and academics whose works have to deal more or less directly with the complex but at the same time fascinating task of interpreting stylistic variation in speech." Estudios de Sociolinguistica Virginia Acuna Ferreira, Universidade de Vigo

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521011754
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Language practices, ideology and beliefs, and management and planning
    2. Driving out the bad
    3. Pursuing the good and dealing with the new
    4. The nature of language policy and its domains
    5. Two monolingual polities - Iceland and France
    6. How did English spread?
    7. Does the US have a language policy or just civil rights?
    8. Language rights
    9. Monolingual polities under pressure
    10. Monolingual polities with recognised linguistic minorities
    11. Partitioning language space - two, three, many
    12. Resisting language shift
    13. Conclusions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Language Policy and Language Change
    • Language at Issue
  • Author

    Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    Bernard Spolsky is Emeritus Professor at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Senior Associate, the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

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