Kwéyòl in Postcolonial Saint Lucia

Globalization, language planning, and national development

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Can historically marginalized, threatened languages be saved in the contemporary global era? In relation to the wider postcolonial world, especially the Caribbean, this book focuses on efforts to preserve and promote Lesser Antillean French Creole – Kwéyòl – as the national language of Saint Lucia and on the legacy of colonialism and impact of globalization, with which English has become the universal lingua franca, as mitigating factors undermining these efforts. It deals specifically with language planning for democratization and government; literacy, the schools and higher education; and the mass media. It also examines changes in the status of and attitudes toward Kwéyòl, English and French since national independence and presents language planning implications from these changes and steps already undertaken to elevate Kwéyòl. The book offers new insight into globalization and its impact on linguistic pluralism, language planning, national development, Creole languages, and cultural identity in the Caribbean.
[Creole Language Library, 40]  2011.  xv, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
xiii–xv
1. Introduction
1–33
2. Colonial background
35–57
3. Kwéyòl cultural nationalism
59–82
4. An Anglophone country in an English-speaking world
83–99
5. The Francophonie and Créolophonie
101–119
6. Government and democracy
121–139
7. Literacy, the schools, and higher education
141–167
8. The mass media
169–191
9. The changing status of Kwéyòl
193–210
10. The enduring attraction and assimilative power of English
211–229
11. The role of French in the nation
231–249
12. Conclusions and language planning implications
251–282
References
283–304
Index
305–316
“This volume is intelligently presented and, as the Table of Contents attests, provides a concise yet comprehensive description of the sociolinguistic situation in the Caribbean vis-à-vis colonial languages and non-standard varieties relevant to Saint Lucian Kwéyòl.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011022946