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Language policy

Language policy

Author: Bernard Spolsky
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Key topics in sociolinguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Language policy is an issue of critical importance in the world today. In this up-to-date introduction, Bernard Spolsky explores many 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. Through looking at the language  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Spolsky
ISBN: 0521804612 9780521804615 0521011752 9780521011754 0511615248 9780511615245
OCLC Number: 52377617
Description: xi, 250 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Language practices, ideology and beliefs, and management and planning --
Driving out the bad --
Pursuing the good and dealing with the new --
The nature of language policy and its domains --
Two monolingual polities --
Iceland and France --
How English spread --
Does the US have a language policy or just civil rights? --
Language rights --
Monolingual polities under pressure --
Monolingual polities with recognized linguistic minorities --
Partitioning language space --
two, three, many --
Resisting language shift.
Series Title: Key topics in sociolinguistics.
Responsibility: Bernard Spolsky.
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In this introduction, Bernard Spolsky explores many debates at the forefront of language policy. He develops a theory of modern national language policy and the major forces controlling it, and asks  Read more...


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' ... this is a clearly written book that touches upon virtually all the important and timely issues in language policy ...'. Sociolinguistica

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