New PDF release: Challenges in the Social Life of Language

By John R. Edwards

ISBN-10: 0230500315

ISBN-13: 9780230500310

The 1st e-book to spotlight the main urgent sociology-of-language topics of our instances. All of that have to do with the dual problems with strength and id. very important facts and illustrations bearing upon those concerns are supplied and supplemented by means of an in depth bibliography.

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Linard’s observations had the blessing of General John ‘Black Jack’ Pershing, the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (indeed, they have been mistakenly attributed to Pershing himself). Directed towards French officers, Linard’s short statement pointed out that intimacy between the French and the black American troops must be prevented, the latter must not be commended too highly (‘particularly in the presence of white Americans’), and the ‘native population’ must refrain from ‘spoiling the Negroes’.

In Britain, for example, secondary-school languages have been made optional for a great many pupils, with predictable results. At the same time, the government there intends to introduce (this year) more language-learning possibilities at the primary level. Even in the most optimistic construction this seems a rather back-to-front arrangement, and it is no wonder that many in the language-teaching community are talking of a ‘lost generation’, nor that the knock- on effects have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated language provisions at university level.

Indd 25 1/4/2011 2:51:51 PM easier for anglophone students to have their ‘year abroad’ without learning much, if anything, of another language. Chapter 11 first presents some generalities about some possible language- contact futures. One of these is that a considerable amount of writing about language maintenance, shift and revival makes the mistake of considering these matters to be analysable and ‘treatable’ in relative isolation. ) In fact, of course, these phenomena are typically symptoms of larger contact dynamics: the simple implication is that nothing meaningful can be said or done about them in isolation from the wide social currents that bear them along.

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