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Language Planning and Social Change - Robert L. Cooper

Language Planning and Social Change

Paperback Published: 26th March 1990
ISBN: 9780521336413
Number Of Pages: 228

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This book describes the ways in which politicians, church officials, generals, and other leaders try to influence our use of language. Using many examples, Professor Cooper argues that language planning is never attempted for its own sake, but rather for the attainment of nonlinguistic ends. Examples discussed include the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language, feminist campaigns to eliminate sexist bias in language, adult literacy campaigns, the plain language movement, efforts to distinguish American from British spelling, the American bilingual education movement, the creation of writing systems for unwritten languages, and campaigns to rid languages of foreign terms. This is the first book to define the field of language planning and relate it to other aspects of social planning and to social change.

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"This exploration of the field of language planning is packed with insights and is a model of scholarship--clear, engaging, careful, broad, and easy to read." Teachers College Record

Four examples in search of a definition
Definitions: a baker+s dozen
The uses of frameworks
Some descriptive frameworks
Status planning
Corpus planning
Acquisition planning
Social change
Summary and conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521336413
ISBN-10: 0521336414
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 26th March 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.19  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32

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