Guardians of Language: Twenty Voices Through History

Hardcover | April 23, 2016

byFlorian Coulmas

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This book provides an accessible account of the origins and conceptual foundations of language policy. Florian Coulmas discusses the influence of twenty intellectuals from medieval to modern times, and from a variety of cultures, who have taken issue with language, its use, development, andpolitical potential. These "guardians of language" range from renowned figures such as Dante, Noah Webster, and Gandhi, to less well-known individuals such as the Spanish grammarian Antonio de Nebrija and Senegalese politician and poet Leopold Sedar Senghor. Each chapter begins by providingbackground information on the scholar whose work is being reviewed and ends with a summary of his key thoughts on language in the form of an imaginary interview.

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This book provides an accessible account of the origins and conceptual foundations of language policy. Florian Coulmas discusses the influence of twenty intellectuals from medieval to modern times, and from a variety of cultures, who have taken issue with language, its use, development, andpolitical potential. These "guardians of langu...

Florian Coulmas is Senior Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Duisburg-Essen University. From 2004 to 2014, he served as director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo, and he has held appointments at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.98 inPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198736525

ISBN - 13:9780198736523

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PrefaceIntroduction: The Politics of Language1. Alcuin of York2. Sibawayhi3. Dante Alighieri4. King Sejong the Great5. Elio Antonio de Nebrija6. Cardinal Richelieu7. Catherine the Great8. Adamantios Korais9. Noah Webster10. Jacob Grimm11. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda12. Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof13. Ueda Kazutoshi14. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin15. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk16. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi17. Zhou Enlai18. Pope Paul VI19. Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana20. Leopold Sedar SenghorLessons learntBibliographyIndex