[lg policy] question for the members of this list

Ronald Kephart rkephart at UNF.EDU
Sun Jan 3 14:21:10 UTC 2010


FWIW, I concur with the prevailing sentiments. A lot of nifty stuff comes
through here, I hope it stays that way.

Ron


On 1/3/10 8:24 AM, "Tariq Rahman" <drt_rahman at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear Professor Schiffman,
> Please keep forwarding them. One never knows which one will contain a nugget.
> Happy New Year to you and all other colleagues on this list.
> Tariq Rahman
> 
> Dr. Tariq Rahman
> Distinguished National Professor & Director
> National Institute of Pakistan Studies
> Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
> Pakistan.
> 
> My other email addresses are:-
> trahman at nips.qau.edu.pk, director.nips at yahoo.com
> 
> --- On Sat, 1/2/10, Harold Schiffman <hfsclpp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> From: Harold Schiffman <hfsclpp at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [lg policy] question for the members of this list
>> To: "lp" <lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu>
>> Date: Saturday, January 2, 2010, 8:19 AM
>> 
>> All:
>> 
>> I have a question that I would like an answer to.  I receive a daily
>> "google alert" on the topic of "language policy." This is a service
>> I requested of Google, and what they do is search the web for any
>> mention of "language" and "policy" in the messages they
>> transmit.  They compile a list and forward it to me, and I read the
>> messages to see if they are germane to our topic. (Many
>> are not--many messages talk about the "language" of a policy, by which
>> they mean the wording of the text, not the human
>> organ of speech and/or a named variety of language.)
>> 
>> Recently, the google alerts have been turning up bibliographic items
>> such as articles or monographs about language policy,
>> and I have forwarded some of these to the list.  Nobody has complained
>> about this, but I wonder if this is useful to anyone. For example,
>> yesterday I forwarded a message about the language policy of the Food
>> and Agricultural Organization, a two-line squib mentioning
>> which order they list language icons in.  Others have been from
>> various jurisdictions in South Africa, which seems to be requiring
>> or at least urging people to formulate a language policy, and make it
>> known; these have included the Stellenbosch University,
>> the government of the Western Cape, and others.  Further examples
>> include departments of a Danish university, such as the Engineering
>> School.
>> 
>> Since I always tell my students that language policies can be found in
>> lots of different nooks and crannies of the world, not just
>> the governments of states, but religious organizations, labor unions,
>> and other jurisdictions and polities, these are good examples
>> of that.  It also reminds us that sometimes a body may have a covert
>> policy, i.e. one that assumes that a certain language will
>> be "official" but doesn't state it explicitly.  These, of course, get
>> no mention.
>> 
>> Anyway, my question is: would you like me to continue to forward these
>> "mini-squibs" about language policy, e.g. in the FAO,
>> or should I be more judicious?
>> 
>> Thanks, and Happy New Year!
>> 
>> H. Schiffman

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