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[lg policy] Language management: a snapshot of governmentality within the
private schools in Quetta, Pakistan
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*Language management: a snapshot of governmentality within the private
schools in Quetta, Pakistan *

Syed Abdul Manan, Maya Khemlani David, Francisco Perlas Dumanig

Language Policy
December 2014
Language management: a snapshot of governmentality within the private
schools in Quetta, Pakistan - Online First - Springer






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Language Policy December 2014 Date: 04 Dec 2014 Language management: a
snapshot of governmentality within the private schools in Quetta, Pakistan
Syed Abdul Manan,

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 Abstract

Pakistan is a multilingual and multiethnic country; however, this diversity
stands unrecognized in the formal language-in-education policies. Estimates
suggest that about 90 % of children who speak over 60 indigenous languages
do not have access to education in their mother tongues. Linguists estimate
that exclusive teaching of Urdu and English subjects the indigenous
languages to physical endangerment as well as negative perceived vitality.
This study investigated the language management techniques, practices and
discourses of the school authorities about indigenous languages and
linguistic diversity, and its effects on perceptions of the students. The
study used the theoretical framework of governmentality as introduced by
Foucault in The foucault effect: studies in governmentality with two
lectures by and an interview with Michael Foucault, Harvester Wheatsheaf,
London, (1991), which not only focuses on the direct acts of the governing
of the state apparatuses, but also addresses the indirect acts of
governance that shape individual behaviors. Deploying a mixed methodology
that used students of high secondary level, teachers and school principals
as sampling in 11 low-fee English-medium private schools in Quetta,
Pakistan, the findings suggest that school authorities exercise stringent
techniques such as notices, wall paintings, penalties and occasional
punishment to suppress the use of languages other than Urdu or English.
Mostly, the students also show compliance to the top-down policies. Most of
participants perceive indigenous languages as worthless because of their
lesser role in professional development and social mobility. The study
concludes that the governance methods displace the indigenous languages
both physically as well as perceptually. The prevailing orientations look
upon languages as commodities, profoundly downgrading the cultural,
literary, aesthetic and sociolinguistic dynamics of the indigenous
languages.

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  1.     Fwd: Radio Liberty: Google Translate Adds Kazakh, Tajik,
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Subject: [lg policy]     Fwd: Radio Liberty: Google Translate Adds
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*Google Translate Adds Kazakh, Tajik, Uzbek Languages *

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December 12, 2014

Three Central Asian languages have been included in Google's online
translation system.

The U.S.-based Internet giant's office in Kazakhstan announced on December
12 that instantaneous translation from Kazakh, Tajik, and Uzbek into other
languages -- and vice-versa -- is now available on computers and mobile
devices.

According to a statement, users of Google Translate can help improve the
quality of translations by adding their corrections and linguistic
expertise online.

Google Translate now covers more than 90 languages.

*Based on reporting by Interfax and ca-news.org <http://ca-news.org>*




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Harold F. Schiffman

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Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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University of Pennsylvania
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Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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