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1st Edition

Linguistic Culture and Language Policy

ISBN 9780415184069
Published March 27, 1998 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: language policy and linguistic culture; Chapter 2 Typologies of multilingualism and typologies of language policy; Chapter 3 Religion, myth and linguistic culture; Chapter 4 Language policy and linguistic culture in France; Chapter 5 French in the marginal areas: Alsace and the other regions; Chapter 6 Indian linguistic culture and the genesis of language policy in the subcontinent; Chapter 7 Language policy and linguistic culture in Tamilnadu; Chapter 8 Language policy in the United States; Chapter 9 Language policy in California; Chapter 10 Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography Index;

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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