New book on South Asian languages: Spooner & Schiffman (eds.)

John Peterson peterson at RZ.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE
Thu Feb 2 09:27:58 UTC 2012

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It is with great pride that we announce the publication of the second  
volume in the series "Brill's Studies in South and Southwest Asian  

Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its  
Neighbors. The Changing Politics of Language Choice.

Edited by Harold F. Schiffman and Brian Spooner

Hardback: ISBN:  9789004201453 Pages: 388 Price: Europe EURO 128
Hardback: ISBN:  9789004201453 Pages: 388 Price: U.S. $ 176


Language policy in Central Asia, Afghanistan and the immediately  
surrounding neighboring countries has a long and varied history. The  
Iranian revolution of 1978, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991,  
and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan since 2001 have left the area  
in a state of flux. This volume gives a better picture about what is  
official and explicit, what is not official but implicit or general  
practice, and what the likely future developments might be. It is very  
clear that multilingualism, whether it involves Persian, Russian or  
English in addition to other languages, not only has long been a part  
of the scene, but will probably continue to be so.

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