The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World: From Colonization to Globalization / Edition 1

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Overview

Spanish is now the third most widely spoken language in the world after English and Chinese. This new book traces how and why Spanish has arrived at this position, examining its role in the diverse societies where it is spoken from Europe to the Americas.
Providing a comprehensive survey of language issues in the Spanish-speaking world, the book outlines the historical rooots of the emergence of Spanish or Castilian as the dominant language, analyzes the situation of minority language groups, and traces the role of Spanish and its colonial heritage in Latin America. Throughout the book Clare Mar-Molinero asks probing questions such as: How does language relate to power? What is its link with identity? What is the role of language in nation-building? Who decides how language is taught? This unique study is invaluable for anyone with an interest in Spain and the Spanish language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415156554
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/11/2000
  • Series: Politics of Language Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I Spanish as national language: conflict and hegemony 1
1 Language and nationalism 3
2 The 'Castilianisation' process - the emergence of Spanish as dominant language 18
3 Counter-nationalism and the other languages of the Spanish-speaking world 40
Pt. II Legislation and the realities of linguistic diversity 65
4 Language rights, language policies, and Language Planning 67
5 The state and language policies in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world 83
Pt. III Language and education 111
6 Bilingual education, literacy and the role of language in education systems 113
7 Latin American educational policies in the struggle for linguistic rights 131
8 Politics, language and the Spanish education system 157
Pt. IV Language politics in the new millennium: the outlook for Spanish 175
9 Spanish as minority language 177
10 Spanish in a global era 192
Notes 207
Bibliography 218
Index 231
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