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Multilingualism - John R. Edwards

Hardcover Published: 29th September 1994
ISBN: 9780415120111
Number Of Pages: 276
For Ages: 18 years old

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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.

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This excellent introduction, first published in 1994, aims to combat ignorance of the scope of multilingualism in a world where thousands of languages compete. The social life of language is very much to the fore - languages in conflict, at school, language and identity are among the issues examined. Packed with fascinating anecdote, a strong sense of history and social context, the book is of interest to both academics and general readers. Read all about linguistic 'murder and suicide', the first important body established to protect a language - the Accademia della Crusca in Florence, and the Arkansas school superintendent who refusued to have foreign language teaching in his school saying 'If English is good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for you'. (Kirkus UK)

Prefacep. ix
A Brief Note on Referencesp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
An Introductory Overviewp. 1
Languages in the Worldp. 15
Bilingualismp. 55
Languages in Conflictp. 89
Languages and Identitiesp. 125
The Prescriptive Urgep. 146
Languages, Cultures and Educationp. 175
Conclusionsp. 204
Notes and Referencesp. 211
Index of Namesp. 243
Index of Subjectsp. 251
Index of Languages and Language Familiesp. 254
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ISBN: 9780415120111
ISBN-10: 041512011X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 29th September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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