Looking for article on invented languages (Esperanto etc.) and one on World Englishes

Chris Allen Thomas chthomas at dolphin.upenn.edu
Thu Aug 9 20:15:49 UTC 2007

I don't know if it is appropriate for your course, but The article by Poole, I
think 1991, (The World Language Problem) is a seminal work on language
economics, and it is an interesting read. It focuses on Esperanto and explores
the argument that it could become a universally spoken language if a threshhold
of speakers is reached. The paper is in Rationality and Society, and it is
available on the web.

Chris Allen Thomas
Educational Linguistics (Ph.D. candidate)
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
My Webpage: http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~chthomas

Quoting Emily McEwan-Fujita <emilymcfujita at yahoo.com>:

> Hello,
>   Is anyone aware of a nice review article (or meta-level article) about the
> history of invented languages such as Esperanto, and the ideologies of their
> inventors and promoters? I'd like to assign something like this to undergrads
> in my upper-level Language, Ethnicity and Nationalism course, as a companion
> piece to an article on the language(s) of the EU, in the final week of the
> course, with the topic being "Post-National and Supra-National Languages".
>   For the same week, I'm also looking for a nice, compact and up-to-date
> review-type article about World Englishes -- can anyone make suggestions.
>   Thank you very much!
>   Emily McEwan-Fujita
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>   Emily McEwan-Fujita, Ph.D.
>   Assistant Professor
>   Dept. of Anthropology
>   WWPH 3302
>   University of Pittsburgh
>   Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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