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Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122327605, 9781483217680

Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism

1st Edition

Applied Language Studies

Editor: John Edwards
eBook ISBN: 9781483217680
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1984
Page Count: 332
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Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism examines the position of some linguistic minority groups, including policies that affect them. This book provides a useful perspective on group relations, emphasizing the aims, purposes, and values held by the societies in which linguistic minority groups exist. The structure of society and perceptions of pluralism and assimilation are also described. This text demonstrates that there is not a simple opposition between pluralism and assimilation, there are difficulties with educational programs intended to support minority group language and identity, minority views are not themselves homogeneous, and advocates of cultural pluralism often hold over-simplified and unrealistic ideas. This publication is a good reference for students and researchers conducting work on pluralism, assimilation, language maintenance/shift, and ethnolinguistic identity.

Table of Contents


Biographical Notes



1 Children of Guest Workers and Immigrants: Linguistic and Educational Issues

2 Language Policy in Multicultural Britain

3 Linguistic Minorities and Multicultural Policy in Canada

4 Ethnolinguistic Minorities and Multicultural Policy in Australia

5 Problems of Language Planning in the United States

6 Billingual Education and its Social Implications

7 More than Tongue can Tell: Linguistic Factors in Ethnic Separatism

8 Pluralism and Assimilation: A Conceptual History

9 Language, Ethnic Identity and Change

10 Language, Diversity and Identity

Name Index

Subject Index


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