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An Introduction to Language Policy

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List of Contributors viii Preface x Part I Theoretical Perspectives in Language Policy 1 Theoretical Perspectives in Language Policy: An Overview 3 Thomas Ricento 1 Language Policy: Theory and Practice - An Introduction 10 Thomas Ricento 2 Frameworks and Models in Language Policy and Planning 24 Nancy H. Hornberger 3 Critical Theory in Language Policy 42 James W. Tollefson 4 Postmodernism in Language Policy 60 Alastair Pennycook 5 Economic Considerations in Language Policy 77 Francois Grin 6 Political Theory and Language Policy 95 Ronald Schmidt, Sr 7 Language Policy and Linguistic Culture 111 Harold Schiffman Part II Methodological Perspectives in Language Policy 127 Methodological Perspectives in Language Policy: An Overview 129 Thomas Ricento 8 The Lessons of Historical Investigation: Implications for the Study of Language Policy and Planning 135 Terrence G. Wiley 9 Ethnographic Methods in Language Policy 153 Suresh Canagarajah 10 Linguistic Analyses in Language Policies 170 Ruth Wodak 11 Geolinguistic Analysis in Language Policy 194 Don Cartwright 12 Psycho-Sociological Analysis in Language Policy 210 Colin Baker Part III Topical Areas in Language Policy 229 Topical Areas in Language Policy: An Overview 231 Thomas Ricento 13 Language Policy and National Identity 238 Jan Blommaert 14 Language Policy and Minority Rights 255 Stephen May 15 Language Policy and Linguistic Human Rights 273 Tove Skutnabb-Kangas 16 Language Policies and the Education of Linguistic Minorities 292 Christina Bratt Paulston and Kai Heidemann 17 Language Policy and Language Shift 311 Joshua A. Fishman 18 Language Policy and Sign Languages 329 Timothy Reagan 19 Language Policy and Linguistic Imperialism 346 Robert Phillipson Index 362

About the Author

Thomas Ricento is Professor in the Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education (with Terrence Wiley) and his publications include Americanization and Ideologies of Language (2005), and Ideology, Politics and Language Policies: Focus on English (edited, 2000).


"The book certainly succeeds in moving the field forward - not only by providing a varied range of topics... but also by exposing the reader to 'controversies' in the field... The volume is well-written, well-edited and provides a wealth of information for linguists and non-linguists alike." Linguist List ?International in coverage, imaginative in scope, this volume offers a comprehensive discussion of language planning and policy by renowned scholars. With copious references to assist readers in locating current resources, all contributions offer exciting possibilities as points of departure for lively discussion and productive research.? Mary McGroarty, Northern Arizona University ?This is an excellent book that provides an accessible introduction to current issues without losing any of the complexity of the debate.? Sue Wright, Aston University "The collection is very well written and likely to be of use bth to readers with a central interest in language planning and to those studying or researching in cognative areas." Educational Review ?This book sets the benchmark on how to make such a vital subject approachable whilst not sacrificing intellectual rigour.? Journal of Sociolinguistics

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