Linguistic Culture and Language Policy

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
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By looking closely at the multilingual democracies of India, France and the USA, Harold F. Schiffman examines how language policy is primarily a social construct based on belief systems, attitudes and myths.
Linguistic Culture and Language Policy exposes language policy as culture-specific, helping us to understand why language policies evolve the way they do; why they work, or not; and how people's lives are affected by them. These issues will be of specific interest to linguists specialising in multilingual/multicultural societies, bilingual educationalists, curriculum planners and teachers.
 

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Contents

language policy and linguistic culture
1
2 Typologies of multilingualism and typologies of language policy
26
3 Religion myth and linguistic culture
55
4 Language policy and linguistic culture in France
75
Alsace and the other regions
124
6 Indian linguistic culture and the genesis of language policy in the subcontinent
148
7 Language policy and linguistic culture in Tamilnadu
173
8 Language policy in the United States
210
9 Language policy in California
248
10 Conclusion
276
Notes
281
Bibliography
322
Index
341
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Harold F. Schiffman is Professor of South Asian Regional Studies and Luce Professor of Language Learning at the University of Pennsylvania

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