Language in the Twenty-First Century

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Title: Language in the Twenty-First Century
Subtitle: Selected papers of the millennial conferences of the Center
	  for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems,
	  held at the University of Hartford and Yale University
Series Title: Studies in World Language Problems 1

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL:

Editor: Humphrey  Tonkin, University of Hartford
Editor: Timothy  Reagan, University of Connecticut


What is the future of languages in an increasingly globalized world? Are
we moving toward the use of a single language for global communication, or
are there ways of managing language diversity at the international level?
Can we, or should we, maintain a balance between the global need to
communicate and the maintenance of local and regional identities and
cultures? What is the role of education, of language rights, of language
equality in this volatile global linguistic mix? A group of leading
scholars in sociolinguistics and language policy examines trends in
language use across the world to find answers to these questions and to
make predictions about likely outcomes. Highlighted in the discussion are,
among other issues, the rapidly changing role of English, the equally
rapid decline and death of small languages, the future of the major
European languages, the international use of constructed languages like
Esperanto, and, not least, the question of what role applied scholarship
can and should play in mapping and influencing the future.

Table of contents

Introduction: Language and the pursuit of the millennium
 Humphrey Tonkin and Timothy Reagan 1-7
Contexts and trends for English as a global language
 Paul Bruthiaux 9-22
Global English and the non-native speaker: Overcoming disadvantage
 Ulrich Ammon 23-34
Language and the future: Choices and constraints
 John Edwards 35-45
Interlingualism: A world-centric approach to language policy and planning
 Mark Fettes 47-58
Development of national language and management of English in East and
 Southeast Asia
 Bjrn H. Jernudd 59-66
The "business" of language endangerment: Saving languages or helping
 people keep them alive?
 Luisa Maffi 67-86
Equality, maintenance, globalization: Lessons from Canada
 Jacques Maurais 87-97
Maintaining linguodiversity: Africa in the twenty-first century
 Alamin M. Mazrui 99-113
Language in the twenty-first century: A newly informed perspective
 Teresa Pica 115-131
Language and language education in the twenty-first century
 Timothy Reagan 133-143
Why learn foreign languages? Thoughts for a new millennium
 Humphrey Tonkin 145-155
Conclusion: Surveying the linguistic landscape: Assessing identity and
 Kurt E. Mller 157-176
Bibliography  177-195
Contributors  197-199
Index  201-209

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