[EDLING:204] Another resource

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at CCAT.SAS.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 14 17:55:45 UTC 2004

Here's another resource--a page on a panel held at the American
Anthropology Association meetings in Washington D.C. and sponsored by the
Society for Linguistic Anthropology.



Public attention to language policy issues rarely reflects the insights
and recommendations that linguistic anthropologists have presented on the
topics. From school assessment processes to curriculum development, from
the seemingly perpetual English-Only debate to public health programs
addressing access by linguistic minorities, and even lay interpretations
of public statements by government officials, language policy is more than
a "merely academic" issue. As a reprise of a successful panel session of
the 1998 meetings, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology takes advantage
of the Washington, DC, location of this year's meetings to host a special
event to discuss how language policies are debated in the United States
and abroad, and the roles that anthropologists can or should take in such
debates. The session begins with brief statements from panelists regarding
such topics as how language policies emerge as issues, the role of
language ideologies in public policies and debates, the histories of
specific controversies, and the ways expert opinions are invoked or
discounted. If scheduling and obligations permit, a member of the US House
of Representatives will attend. Introductory comments are followed by a
moderated discussion, including both the audience and the panelists,
addressing appropriate roles for an anthropolitical linguistics, including
recommendations that might be forwarded to the Society for Linguistic
Anthropology or the AAA to address language policy issues.

This is followed by a selection of papers.


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