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The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World : From Colonization to Globalization - Clare Mar-Molinero

The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World

From Colonization to Globalization

Hardcover Published: 25th May 2000
ISBN: 9780415156547
Number Of Pages: 260

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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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"I can recommend this insightful account as an introduction to the complex issues evolving around the politics of language in the Spanish-speaking world."-Linguist List "Readable, informative and thought- provoking....of interest to language educators and planners, historians, and political scientists as well as to linguists, Hispanists, and Latin Americanists of many stripes.."-Jonathan Holmquist, Temple University

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Spanish as national language: conflict and hegemonyp. 1
Language and nationalismp. 3
Theories of nationalismp. 3
Language and national identityp. 7
Conclusionp. 16
The 'Castilianisation' process--the emergence of Spanish as dominant languagep. 18
The origins of Spanish in the Iberian Peninsulap. 19
Spanish in the Americasp. 27
'Espanol' or 'Castellano'p. 35
Conclusionp. 38
Counter-nationalism and the other languages of the Spanish-speaking worldp. 40
The linguistic minority communities in Spainp. 41
The 'other' languages of Latin Americap. 53
The triumph of Spanishp. 62
Legislation and the realities of linguistic diversityp. 65
Language rights, language policies, and Language Planningp. 67
Linguistic rightsp. 67
Language policiesp. 73
Language Planningp. 77
Language and powerp. 81
The state and language policies in the contemporary Spanish-speaking worldp. 83
Spain: from dictatorship to the estado de las autonomiasp. 83
Latin America: invisible nationsp. 96
Conclusionp. 108
Language and educationp. 111
Bilingual education, literacy and the role of language in education systemsp. 113
Bilingual education: assimilation or maintenance; exclusion or empowerment?p. 114
Education systems and the politics of literacyp. 121
Conclusionp. 130
Latin American educational policies in the struggle for linguistic rightsp. 131
From bilingual to bicultural and interculturalp. 134
Enabling and empowering: radical adult literacy programmes in Latin Americap. 145
Conclusionp. 156
Politics, language and the Spanish education systemp. 157
'Igual que Franco pero al reves'? Catalan language education policiesp. 158
Bilingual education in the Basque autonomous communityp. 168
Conclusionp. 173
Language politics in the new millennium: the outlook for Spanishp. 175
Spanish as minority languagep. 177
The Lations in the USp. 178
The language issue and Puerto Ricansp. 186
Conclusionp. 191
Spanish in a global erap. 192
Spain and Europep. 195
Pan-continental movements in Latin Americap. 199
Conclusions: Spanish as pluricentric world languagep. 203
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 218
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780415156547
ISBN-10: 0415156548
Series: Routledge Politics of Language Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 25th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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