Multilingualism

Multilingualism

by John Edwards
     
 

ISBN-10: 041512011X

ISBN-13: 9780415120111

Pub. Date: 12/12/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

By looking at the effect of language difference, rather than at theories of language, John Edwards examines the interaction of language with nationalism, politics, history, identity and education.
He illustrates his arguments with a rangew of examples, from recent attempts to revive and preserve languages such as Irish and Basque, to the argument over French

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By looking at the effect of language difference, rather than at theories of language, John Edwards examines the interaction of language with nationalism, politics, history, identity and education.
He illustrates his arguments with a rangew of examples, from recent attempts to revive and preserve languages such as Irish and Basque, to the argument over French and English in Canada and the 'US English' campaign. He also examines the linguistic myopia of those who would seek to elevate one language over another.
Multilingualism unpicks the complexity associated with a world of so many languages, and creates an overview which is multidisciplinary in focus. Its mixture of curious facts, wit and eloquence, will appeal to anyone who cares about the role of language in society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415120111
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/12/1994
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
A brief note on references
Acknowledgements
1An Introductory Overview1
2Languages in the World15
3Bilingualism55
4Languages in Conflict89
5Languages and Identities125
6The Prescriptive Urge146
7Languages, Cultures and Education175
8Conclusions204
Notes and references211
Index of names243
Index of subjects251
Index of languages and language families254

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