Language Policy and Language Planning: From Nationalism to Globalisation

Paperback | March 18, 2004

bySue Wright

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Language policy and planning is rarely just about language; it always has political, social and ethical dimensions. This is a comprehensive advanced textbook, covering not only language learning imposed by economic or political agendas, but also language choices entered into freely for reasons of social mobility, economic advantage or group identity. The first part of the book reviews the development and role of standard languages in the construction of national communities and identities. The second part examines the linguistic accommodation of groups in contact, major lingua francas and the case of "International English". The third section explores reactions to nationalism and globalization, with some attention to language rights.

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Language policy and planning is rarely just about language; it always has political, social and ethical dimensions. This is a comprehensive advanced textbook, covering not only language learning imposed by economic or political agendas, but also language choices entered into freely for reasons of social mobility, economic advantage or ...

Sue Wright is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Languages and European Studies at Aston University. She has published extensively on the role of language in nation building, European integration and globalization. Her latests books include Community and Communication and Whose Europe? ( with D.Smith).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.94 × 5.02 × 0.87 inPublished:March 18, 2004Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780333986424

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Table of Contents

Nations and Nation States * Nation Building in the Wake of Colonialism: Old Concepts in New Settings * Part Two: Transcendence and Language Learning * Language Groups in Contact and Conflict: Bilingualism, Diglossia, Pidgins and Creoles * French: the Rise and Fall of a Prestige Lingua Franca * English: From Language of Empire to the Language of Globalization * Language in Global Networks: The Exceptions and Hard Cases of the Postnational Era * Part Three: Renaissance and Revitalization in Small Language Communities * New Discourse, New Legal Instruments and a New Political Context for Minorities and their Languages * The Fragmentation of the Old Nation States and the Rise of Small Nations * Endangered Languages: What Can Be Done? What Should Be Done?

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"This is a fine book...I believe we need to reconceptualise this area of sociolinguistics and this a is a first step in that direction. Sue Wright's intellectually provocative book holds real implications for EU policies, for educational policies, and for governments that still act as they did in the nineteenth century." -- Christina Paulston, University of Pittsburgh