Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict

Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict

by H. Footitt
     
 

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Languages at War places foreign languages at the core and centre of war and conflict, arguing that 'foreignness' and foreign languages are key to our understanding of what happens on the ground of war. Using two case studies ? the liberation/occupation of Western Europe (1944-47), and peacekeeping/peace building in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995-2000) ? it traces the

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Languages at War places foreign languages at the core and centre of war and conflict, arguing that 'foreignness' and foreign languages are key to our understanding of what happens on the ground of war. Using two case studies ? the liberation/occupation of Western Europe (1944-47), and peacekeeping/peace building in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995-2000) ? it traces the role of languages in intelligence, pre-deployment preparations, deployment, soldier-civilian meetings, occupation and peace building. It examines the language policies which are developed in war and the language experiences of those who are caught up in conflict. Their voices, and in particular the testimonies of the language intermediaries in war ? the interpreters/translators-echo throughout these pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230368774
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Languages at War Series
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

LOUISE ASKEW Translator, interpreter and reviser, the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague and the NATO Stabilization Force HQ, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
CATHERINE BAKER Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton, UK, and Teaching Fellow in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, University College London, UK
SIMON TOBIA Professor of Modern European History, University of Bristol and the University of Reading, UK

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