[lg policy] bibitem: The Hidden Agendas of Language Policy: An Expanded View

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 16 17:17:53 UTC 2012

The Hidden Agendas of Language Policy: An Expanded View

Elana Goldberg Shohamy

Taylor & Francis Group, 2006 - 185 pages

Although we may not know it, more often than not, our use of language
is regulated, both overtly and covertly. In this book, Elana Shohamy
delves into the hidden agendas which operate behind language policy,
examining the decisions surrounding language use, and emphasising the
effects of these decisions, and potential constraint, on different
groups within society. Drawing on examples from the United States,
Israel, and United Kingdom asylum policies, the author demonstrates
different categories of language policy, from explicit use by
government bodies and the media, to implicit use where no active
decisions are made. The book also reveals and examines the mechanisms
which are used to introduce language policy, such as propaganda and
even educational material. This critical exploration of language
policy concludes with arguments for a more democratic and open
approach to language policy and planning, suggesting strategies for
resistance and ways to protect the linguistic rights of individualsand
groups. With useful summaries at the end of each chapter,The Hidden
Agendas ofLanguage Policywill be of interest to students from a
variety of disciplines including linguistics, sociology, political
science, philosophy and communication studies.


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