Linguistic Culture and Language Policy examines how language policy in three very different nations evolved and how it is not merely the specific embodiment of rule, but rather primarily a social construct that rests on other conceptual elements such as belief systems, attitudes and myths. By scrutinizing the multilingual democracies of India, France and the US, Schiffman examines how language policies are formed within a broader framework and are heavily influenced by the covert and implicit grass-roots of its linguistic culture. By seeing language policy as culture-specific, we understand why language policies evolve, why they work--or not--and how people's lives are affected by them.
1. Introduction: language policy and linguistic culture -- 2. Typologies of multilingualism and typologies of language policy -- 3. Religion, myth and linguistic culture -- 4. Language policy and linguistic culture in France -- 5. French in the marginal areas: Alsace and the other regions -- 6. Indian linguistic culture and the genesis of language policy in the subcontinent -- 7. Language policy and linguistic culture in Tamilnadu -- 8. Language policy in the United States -- 9. Language policy in California -- 10. Conclusion.