The Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy

The Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy

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Over the last 50 years, language policy has developed into a major discipline, drawing on research and practice in many nations and at many levels. This is the first Handbook to deal with language policy as a whole and is a complete 'state-of-the-field' survey, covering language practices, beliefs about language varieties, and methods and agencies for language management. It provides a historical background which traces the development of classical language planning, describes activities associated with indigenous and endangered languages, and contains chapters on imperialism, colonialism, effects of migration and globalization, and educational policy. It also evaluates language management agencies, analyzes language activism and looks at language cultivation (including reform of writing systems, orthography and modernized terminology). The definitive guide to the subject, it will be welcomed by students, researchers and language professionals in linguistics, education and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 8 b/w illus. 24 tables
  • 1139215590
  • 9781139215596

Table of contents

Part I. Definition and Principles: 1. What is language policy? Bernard Spolsky; 2. History of the field: a sketch Bjorn Jernudd and Jiri Nekvapil; 3. Philosophy of language policy Denise Reaume and Meital Pinto; 4. Language policy, the nation and nationalism Sue Wright; 5. Ethnic identity and language policy Ofelia Garcia; 6. Diversity and language policy for endangered languages Julia Sallabank; 7. Language is just a tool! On the instrumentalist approach to language David Robichaud and Helder De Schutter; Part II. Language Policy at the Macrolevel: 8. Language policy at the supra-national level Fernand de Varennes; 9. Language policy, territorialism and regional autonomy Colin Williams; 10. Colonialism and imperialism Robert Phillipson; 11. Language policy and management at the municipal level Peter Backhaus; 12. Language policy and management in service domains: brokering communication for linguistic minorities in the community Claudia V. Angelelli; 13. Language policy in defense and attack Richard Brecht and William P. Rivers; 14. Language policy and medium of instruction in education I Steve Walter and Carol Benson; 15. Language policy in education II: additional languages Jasone Cenoz and Durk Gorter; Part III. Non-Governmental Domains: 16. Language policy in the workplace Alexandre Duchene and Monica Heller; 17. Language policy and religion Christina Bratt Paulston and Jonathan M. Watt; 18. Language policy in the family Stephen J. Caldas; 19. Language policies and the deaf community Sherman Wilcox, Verena Krausneker and David Armstrong; Part IV. Globalization and Modernization: 20. Transnationalism, migration and language education policy Kendall A. King and Adam C. Rambow; 21. Language management agencies John Edwards; 22. Literacy and script reform Florian Coulmas and Federica Guerini; 23. Language activism and language policy Mary Carol Combs and Susan D. Penfield; 24. English in language policy and management Gibson Ferguson; Part V. Regional and Thematic Issues: 25. National language revival movements: reflections from India, Israel, Indonesia and Ireland Joseph Lo Bianco; 26. Colonial and postcolonial language policies in Africa: historical and emerging landscapes Sinfree Makoni, Busi Makoni, Ashraff Abdelhay and Pedzisai Mashiri; 27. Indigenous language planning and policy in the Americas Teresa McCarty; 28. Language policy in the European Union (EU) Ulrich Ammon; 29. Language policy management in the former Soviet sphere Gabrielle Hogan-Brun and Svitlana Melnyk; 30. Language policy in Asia and the Pacific Richard B. Bauldauf, Jr and Thi Mai Hoa more

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'Under Spolsky's capable editorship, language policy has come of age, with a book that will be as invaluable to policy makers, implementers and stakeholders as it is indispensable to students and researchers.' John E. Joseph, University of Edinburgh '... explains why administrators promulgate instructional programs in which forgetting exceeds learning, inadequate time insures fractured acquisition, and materials and assessment ignores research.' Robert B. Kaplan, Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Californiashow more