An Introduction to Language Policy: Theory and Method / Edition 1

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"An Introduction to Language Policy: Theory and Method provides an accessible introduction to the field of language policy through broad and in-depth coverage of the major theories and methods currently employed by scholars active in the field. The volume consists of newly commissioned essays, written by internationally recognized scholars, in three areas: theoretical perspectives, methodological perspectives, and topical areas. Each section contains an overview and each chapter includes an annotated bibliography and discussion questions." This book helps define and describe a growing field of inquiry and is an authoritative source for students, scholars, and researchers in linguistics, applied linguistics, education, policy studies, and related areas.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The book certainly succeeds in moving the field forward - not onlyby providing a varied range of topics... but also by exposing thereader to 'controversies' in the field... The volume iswell-written, well-edited and provides a wealth of information forlinguists and non-linguists alike."
Linguist List

“International in coverage, imaginative in scope, thisvolume offers a comprehensive discussion of language planning andpolicy by renowned scholars. With copious references to assistreaders in locating current resources, all contributions offerexciting possibilities as points of departure for lively discussionand productive research.”
Mary McGroarty, Northern Arizona University

“This is an excellent book that provides an accessibleintroduction to current issues without losing any of the complexityof the debate.”
Sue Wright, Aston University

"The collection is very well written and likely to be of use bthto readers with a central interest in language planning and tothose studying or researching in cognative areas."
Educational Review

“This book sets the benchmark on how to make such a vitalsubject approachable whilst not sacrificing intellectualrigour.”
Journal of Sociolinguistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405114981
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2005
  • Series: Language and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Ricento is Professor in the Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education (with Terrence Wiley) and his publications include Americanization and Ideologies of Language (2005), and Ideology, Politics and Language Policies: Focus on English (edited, 2000).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


Part I. Theoretical Perspectives in Language Policy: AnOverview(Thomas Ricento).

1. Language Policy: Theory and Practice - An Introduction(Thomas Ricento).

2. Frameworks and Models in Language Policy and Planning (NancyH.Hornberger).

3. Critical Theroy in Language Policy (James W. Tollefson).

4. Postmodernism in Language Policy (Alastair Pennycook).

5. Economic Considerations in Language Policy (FranVoisGrin).

6. Political Theory and Language Policy (Ronald Schmidt,Sr).

7. Language Policy and Linguistic Culture (HaroldSchiffman).

Part II. Methodological Perspectives in LanguagePolicy.

Methodological Perspectives in Language Policy: An Overview(Thomas Ricento).

8. The Lessons of Historical Investigation: Implications for theStudy of Language Policy and Planning (Terrence G. Wiley).

9. Ethnographic Methods in Language Policy (SureshCanagarajah).

10. Linguistic Analyses in Language Policies (Ruth Wodak).

11. Geolinguistic Analysis in Language Policy (DonCartwright).

12. Psycho-Sociological Analysis in Language Policy (ColinBaker).

Part III. Topical Areas in Language Policy.

Topical Areas in Language Policy: An Overview (ThomasRicento).

13. Language Policy and National Identity (Jan Blommaert).

14. Language Policy and Minority Rights (Stephen May).

15. Language Policy and Linguistic Human Rights (ToveSkutnabb-Kangas).

16. Language Policies and the Education of Linguistic Minorities(Christina Bratt Paulston and Kai Heidemann).

17. Lnaguage Policy and Language Shift (Joshua A. Fishman).

18. Language Policy and Sign Languages (Timothy Reagan).

19. Language Policy and Linguistic Imperialism (RobertPhillipson).


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