[lg policy] bibitem: The State, the Activists and the Islanders: Language Policy on Corsica

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The State, the Activists and the Islanders: Language Policy on

The State, the Activists and the Islanders: Language Policy on Corsica

Author: Robert J. Blackwood
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2008
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 167
Isbn10 Code: 140208384X
Isbn13 Code: 9781402083853

Review From the reviews: “Robert Blackwood's book fills a gap in the
literature on the ¢??languages of France¢?T. ¢?³ a very welcome
addition to the library bookshelf. ¢?³ the text very easy to follow
and also allows the reader to go directly to the era that is of
interest. There is a lot of detail in the history of the political
context of language shift, language spread and language decline. ¢?³
This book is excellent for showing us the way that the political
shapes language attitudes and behaviour.” (Sue Wright, Language
Policy, Vol. 8, 2009) “Corsican has been relatively negelected in the
literature on France’s regional or ‘heritage’ languages, even though
it is probably the best protected of them all, thanks to the Matignon
Agreements of 2000. This thorough and detailed study goes a long way
towards making good the deficiency.” (Rodney Ball, University of
Southampton) ¢??This book offers an historical account of ¢?³
Corsican language emerged from its status ¢?³ . book presents a
fascinating and authoritative historical account of the fluctuating
status of Corsican ¢?³ . the book provide an interesting overview of
the language situation in Corsica ¢?³ additionally it offers a
valuable study of the consequences of government neglect, or at times
even hostility towards a heritage language and also the limitations
and problems associated with trying to support a threatened language
through the education system.¢?? (David Deterding, Journal of
Sociolinguistics, Vol. 14 (2), 2010) ¢??This is the first book-length
study of language policy on Corsica ¢?³ . The book is divided into
eight chapters, an extremely useful bibliography, and an index ¢?³ .
is informative and insightful, and which will be of real use and
interest to French scholars, historians and sociolinguists.¢??
(Philip Riley, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development,
Vol. 31 (4), July, 2010) From the Back Cover This analysis of language
policy on Corsica provides the first study of the three levels of
language policy existing on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. It
focuses on the key participants - the State, the language activists
and the islanders - in the language debate that has taken place across
the island since its purchase by France. This book is informed by
recent work on language planning, both theoretical and relating to
specific case studies. At the same time, it engages with trends in
sociolinguistics over the past decades, which have included language
planning in their investigations of languages in contact, language
obsolescence and language death. A central premise of this book is
that the three discrete categories of participants in the language
debate are closely interrelated and that the status and position of
Corsican in relation to French cannot be understood without a thorough
exploration of these three strands. This volume will appeal to
researchers and students in French Studies, sociolinguistics, and
especially language policy.


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