[lg policy] bibitem: Dennis Ernest Ager - Language Policy in Britain and France

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Dennis Ernest Ager - Language Policy in Britain and France
Publisher: Continuum | 1998-04-01 | ISBN: 0304337595 | PDF | 244 pages
| 13.87 MB

This book examines the making of language policy, and to a certain
extent language policy itself, in Britain and France. It defines what
language policy is and to what is applies, and how disciplines such as
sociolinguistics and the analysis of the politcal process help in
studying the language policy and policy-making. An examination of
language policy on both countries up to 1995 pinpoints the main
characteristics, and study of both the cultural and the political
environment in which policy-makers work is seen as crucial to
understanding. The policy-making process itself it studied in a number
of stages: what causes policy-makers to show interest in language
questions? How are language problems identified as such? Is there a
language policy network or community and, if so, which groups and
individuals influence it? How are negotiations over policies
conducted? Once policy has been decided, how is it implemented, and
how different are the methods used? What is the outcome of the
policies? Six main case studies illuminate the discussion and provoke
the comparisons: support for English or French abroad, spelling reform
in France, the Toubon law of 1994 and the Welsh Language Act of 1993,
language policy for immigrants, sexism in language and government
responses to literacy. finally, the author asseses and compares the
policies, and the effectiveness of policy-making, in the two
countries. Dennis Ager is Professor of Modern Languages at Aston


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