Language Ideological Debates

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Jan Blommaert, Director of Babylon Centre for the Study of Multicultural Societies Jan Blommaert
Walter de Gruyter, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 447 pages
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Taking off from the apt epigram that "... language, after all, is a purely historical phenomenon", these sociolinguistic analyses present debates over how language ideologies are formed, articulated, and entextualized. The editor's opening and final essays entitled "the debate is open" and "the debate is closed" bookend ten debates relating to language, identity, and political power: French-into-Corsican translations, dialect in Switzerland, Catalan vs. Spanish in Barcelona since the 1992 Olympics, Canada's linguistic cultures, bilingual education in the US, Ebonics, Singapore's "Speak Mandarin' campaign, the revival status of Israeli Hebrew, and European tongues and literary genres in postcolonial Africa.
 

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Contents

Corsican translators and their critics
39
The ideology of dialect in Switzerland
67
Heated language in a cold climate
143
The debate on bilingual education in the U S
171
The literary debate in Tanzania
307
The debate is closed
425
Name index
439
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