Normative Language Policy: Ethics, Politics, Principles

Normative Language Policy: Ethics, Politics, Principles

by Leigh Oakes, Yael Peled


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Language politics in the new global era presents policymakers with significant ethical challenges. How should the reality of English as a global language influence the normative considerations underpinning national language policies? What moral arguments justify the imposition of national languages in an era of increased immigration and ethnolinguistic diversity? What role is there for non-dominant varieties in a globalised world? Building on the emerging notion of 'normative language policy', this book proposes an integrated framework for the study of such questions, combining recent normative work on language in political theory and philosophy with empirically-derived insight from the fields of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. The case of Quebec forms the backdrop of the study, providing a particularly illuminating setting for investigating the common moral challenges that face contemporary polities seeking to maintain distinct linguistic identities, in an irreducibly diverse world increasingly dominated by English as a global lingua franca.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107143166
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Leigh Oakes is Reader in French and Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on language policy and planning, language and national identity, and language attitudes and ideologies, especially in the contexts of Quebec, France and Sweden.

Yael Peled is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Language and Health at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Faculty of Law at McGill University, Canada. Her research interests focus on the moral and political philosophy of language and the phenomenon of interdisciplinarity in academic research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Language policy and planning in Quebec: a brief overview; 3. In defence of the vernacular: French in the age of global English; 4. Linguistic citizenship: identity, integration and interculturalism; 5. Pluricentric linguistic justice in Quebec: beyond the monocentric ideology; 6. Normative language policy in a complex world.

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