[lg policy] book notice: The Languages of Nation: Attitudes and Norms

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 29 18:00:50 UTC 2012

The Languages of Nation: Attitudes and Norms
Series Title: Multilingual Matters
Published: 2012
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Book URL: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847697806

Editor: Carol Percy
Editor: Mary Catherine Davidson


This collection brings together research on linguistic prescriptivism
and social identities, in specific contemporary and historical
contexts of cross-cultural contact and awareness. Providing
multilingual and multidisciplinary perspectives from language studies,
lexicography, literature, and cultural studies, our contributors
relate language norms to frameworks of identity beyond monolingual
citizenship - nativeness, ethnicity, politics, religion, empire.

Some chapters focus on traditional instruments of prescriptivism:
language academies in Europe; government language planners in
southeast Asia; dictionaries and grammars from Early Modern and
imperial Britain, republican America, the postcolonial Caribbean, and
modern Germany. Other chapters consider the roles of scholars in
prescriptivism, as well as the more informal and populist mechanisms
of enforcement expressed in newspapers. With a thematic introduction
articulating links between its breadth of perspectives, this
accessible book should engage everyone concerned with language norms.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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