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Minority languages and group identity : cases and categories

Author: John Edwards
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2010.
Series: Impact, studies in language and society, 27.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The central concern in this book is the relationship between language and group identity, a relationship that is thrown into greatest relief in 'minority' settings. Since much of the current interest in minority languages revolves around issues of identity politics, language rights and the plight of 'endangered' languages, one aim of the book is to summarise and analyse these and other pivotal themes. Furthermore,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Edwards
ISBN: 9789027218667 9027218668 9789027288684 9027288682
OCLC Number: 440563533
Description: ix, 231 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. An introductory overview --
2. Languages in contact and conflict I: Small languages and their maintenance --
3. Languages in contact and conflict II: Language decline, revival and the ‘new’ ecology --
4. Parochialism and intercourse --
5. Towards a typology of minority-language settings --
6. Irish --
7. Gaelic in Scotland --
8. Gaelic in Nova Scotia --
9. Esperanto.
Series Title: Impact, studies in language and society, 27.
Responsibility: John Edwards.

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Much of the interest in minority languages revolves around issues of identity politics, language rights and the plight of 'endangered' languages. This book summarizes and analyzes these pivotal  Read more...

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