Multilingualism in the English-Speaking World: Pedigree of Nations / Edition 1

Multilingualism in the English-Speaking World: Pedigree of Nations / Edition 1

by Viv Edwards
     
 

With a flurry of recent public controversy surrounding legislation on language in education and the workplace, observers are beginning to assess the likely consequences of the shift in balance when speakers of English as a second and foreign language outnumber native speakers. At the same time there is a growing appreciation of the benefits which multilingualism

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With a flurry of recent public controversy surrounding legislation on language in education and the workplace, observers are beginning to assess the likely consequences of the shift in balance when speakers of English as a second and foreign language outnumber native speakers. At the same time there is a growing appreciation of the benefits which multilingualism brings for both minority language speakers and the wider English-speaking community in terms of business, the arts, diplomacy and defence.

Multilingualism in the English-speaking World: Pedigree of Nations looks at the everyday realities for people living in ‘inner-circle’ English-speaking countries from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Accessibly written and drawing on real-life examples from North America, the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand, this book discusses the theoretical issues that underpin the current debates, drawing on the research literature on societal multilingualism, language maintenance and shift, language policy, language and power, and language and identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631236139
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Language Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Part I: The extent of diversity:.

1. The myth of monolingualism.

2. Roots of diversity.

3. Access to services.

Part II: Language at home and in school:.

4. Language in the family.

5. Language and education: a history.

6. Language and education in the modern world.

7. Majority speakers and minority languages.

Part III: Language in the wider community:.

8. Language and the economy.

9. Language and the media.

10. Language and the Arts.

11. Language, diplomacy and defence.

12. Is life really too short to learn German?.

References.

Index.

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