book notice: Language and the City: Language and Globalization

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Language and the City: Language and Globalization
2007: Palgrave Macmillan

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Author: Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

Language and the City provides the first, comprehensive treatment of
language-city relationships, drawing upon research on the language in city
contexts from a global perspective, illustrated by examples from cities
worldwide. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost proposes a conceptual framework for
understanding language-city relationships through critical reference to the
relational perspective on the city and an ecological view of language. He
counters a 'simplistic biodiversity equals linguistic diversity' formulation
in identifying cities as significant sites of linguistic diversity and
innovation, as well as the sites of language change, language shift and
language death. In the field of language planning and policy, this book
addresses functions of the city in the interests of sustainable linguistic

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