[lg policy] book notice: Language Rights and Language Survival

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 14 16:15:36 UTC 2011

Language Rights and Language Survival

    Edited by Jane Freeland and Donna Patrick


This book makes an important contribution to the growing debate on
linguistic human rights. By bringing together research on language
rights, language 'survival' and minority language planning in specific
contexts from Africa, Asia, Central and North America and Europe, it
aims to illustrate how current conceptualizations of language rights
can sometimes stand in the way of their successful realization.

The book considers such theoretical and practical issues as: the
constitution of ethnic identities and their links with language;
relations between language, politics and power; language ecology and
revitalization movements; the dominance of particular models of
language, their appropriateness to particular contexts and their
relationship to speakers' own perceptions. It is targeted towards a
wide readership in the fields of sociology, sociolinguistics and
anthropology, language rights law, and language policy and planning.

Jane Freeland is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of
Humanities, Southampton University, UK. She has written and published
extensively on the development of language rights and language policy
in Nicaragua's multiethnic, multilingual Caribbean Coast region since
the Sandinista revolution, and on their significance for the language
rights debate.

Donna Patrick is Associate Professor in the Department of Canadian
Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton
University, Ottawa, Ontario. Her current research focuses on language
use in a Northern Quebec Inuit community. Her recent publications have
investigated issues of language, politics, and social interaction in
this region and sociolinguistic aspects of minority language
maintenance and in second and third language acquisition.

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