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Languages in a Globalising World

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Jacques Maurais, Michael A. Morris, Mark Fettes, Douglas A. Kibbee, Jean Laponce, William F. Mackey, Ferenc Fodor, Sandrine Peluau,Claude Truchot, Rainer Enrique Hamel, Birgit N. Schlyter, Stefan Kaiser, Roland Breton, Richard B. Baldauf Jr, Paulin G. Djité, Ulrich Ammon, Foued Laroussi, Vido Io. Mikhalchenko, Yulia Trushkova, Robert Chaudenson, Grant McConnell, Maria da Graça Krieger, Humphrey Tonkin
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  • Date Published: April 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821735

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  • Throughout human history, the fate of languages has been closely linked to political power relationships. Political shifts in the international system continue to affect linguistic patterns, which today are still in a state of flux following the end of the Cold War. This book considers the effects of present-day trends in global politics on the relative status of languages, and the directions in which the linguistic hierarchy might develop in the future. What are the prospects for the continuing spread of English? Will other traditionally prominent languages such as French and German gain or lose influence? Will languages such as Arabic and Japanese increase in international status? Will minority languages continue to lose ground and disappear? The book assesses these prospects, looking at the major world regions, and with its interdisciplinary approach it will appeal to researchers and students of sociolinguistics and language planning as well as of international relations.

    • This book is unique in assessing the role of languages in a changing global setting
    • The treatment of multiple regions and languages is rigorous throughout - practically all major regions of the world are covered and are related to one another
    • The book is interdisciplinary in approach and global in scope
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    '… with its interdisciplinary approach it will appeal to researchers and students of sociolinguistics and language planning as well as of international relations.' The Linguist List

    '… this book offers a valuable resource for the systematic study of language globalisation and the international challenges and issues it raises. Due to the scope of its coverage and the high quality of the discussion, this is a book that we simply cannot afford not having on our shelves if we are interested in any aspect of contemporary language changes …'. Journal of Sociolinguistics

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    • Date Published: April 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821735
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.704kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 map 38 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Jacques Maurais and Michael A. Morris
    Part I. Global Communication Challenges:
    2. Toward a new global linguistic order? Jacques Maurais
    3. The geostrategies of interlingualism Mark Fettes
    4. Language policy and linguistic theory Douglas A. Kibbee
    5. Babel and the market: geostrategies for minority languages Jean Laponce
    6. Forecasting the fate of languages William F. Mackey
    Part II. Major Areas:
    7. Language geostrategy in Eastern and Central Europe: assessment and perspectives Ferenc Fodor and Sandrine Peluau
    8. Languages and supranationality in Europe: the linguistic influence of the European Union Claude Truchot
    9. Regional blocs as a barrier against English hegemony? The language policy of Mercosur in South America Rainer Enrique Hamel
    10. Effects of North American integration on linguistic diversity Michael Morris
    11. Sociolinguistic changes in transformed Central Asian societies Birgit N. Schlyter
    12. Language and script in Japan and other East Asian countries: between insularity and technology Stefan Kaiser
    13. Sub-Saharan Africa Roland Breton
    14. Australasia and the South Pacific Richard B. Baldauf Jr. and Paulin G. Djité
    Part III. Languages of Wider Communication:
    15. The international status of the German language Ulrich Ammon
    16. Arabic and the new technologies Foued Laroussi
    17. Russian in the modern world Vida Io. Mikhalchenko and Yulia Trushkova
    18. Geolinguistics, geopolitics, geostrategy: the case of French Robert Chaudenson
    19. Toward a scientific geostrategy for English Grant McConnell
    20. On Brazilian Portuguese in Latin American Integration Maria da Graça Krieger
    21. Conclusion: the search for a global linguistic strategy Humphrey Tonkin.

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

    • Communicating for Justice and Social Change
    • Globalization and Language
    • Gobal Village
    • International Communication
    • World Language Policies
    • language, media and social practice in global communication
  • Editors

    Jacques Maurais, Conseil de la langue française, Québec
    Michael A. Morris is Professor of Political Science at Clemson University where he holds a joint appointment as Professor of Languages. Dr Morris has published extensively on naval and maritime affairs as well as language politics. This includes four books of sole authorship, editorship of eight books and journal issues, and author of seven monographs and over fifty books and journal articles.

    Michael A. Morris, Clemson University, South Carolina
    Jacques Maurais is currently with the Conseil de la langue française in Quebec City. He has edited various works on sociolinguistics and language planning and is the author of more than one hundred specialised articles and chapters in books on language planning, sociolinguistics, and terminology as well as some monographs.

    Contributors

    Jacques Maurais, Michael A. Morris, Mark Fettes, Douglas A. Kibbee, Jean Laponce, William F. Mackey, Ferenc Fodor, Sandrine Peluau,Claude Truchot, Rainer Enrique Hamel, Birgit N. Schlyter, Stefan Kaiser, Roland Breton, Richard B. Baldauf Jr, Paulin G. Djité, Ulrich Ammon, Foued Laroussi, Vido Io. Mikhalchenko, Yulia Trushkova, Robert Chaudenson, Grant McConnell, Maria da Graça Krieger, Humphrey Tonkin

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