Language Choices

Conditions, constraints, and consequences

| University of Duisburg
ISBN 9789027218315 (Eur) | EUR 153.00
ISBN 9781556198502 (USA) | USD 230.00
ISBN 9789027275844 | EUR 153.00 | USD 230.00
This volume is about various aspects of the theory and application of language contact and language conflict phenomena seen from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on the linguistic, social, psychological, and educational issues (conditions, constraints, and consequences) involved in the status and use of languages in multilingual settings.
The book is divided into four sections dealing with the following areas: Theoretical issues: This section addresses key issues such as the nature of the concepts of language maintenance, language loyalty and language identity, language shift, language loss and language death. It includes the search for models of the often contradictory theoretical issues involved in language contact.
Language policy and language planning: This section examines the various language policies carried out by official agencies and focuses on the two basic options available to a multilingual nation: assimilation or pluralism.
Attitudes towards languages: The section is geared towards research into determinants of language attitudes, the methods for the measurements of attitudes, as well as the relationship between language policy and attitude change.
Codeswitching and language choice: The linguistic, social, psychological, and anthropological implications of using two different codes will be examined from different perspectives. Relevant research topics include: the situational uses of code-switching, linguistic and social constraints on codeswitching, and code-switching vs. borrowing. A further research paradigm deals with the search for relativized constraints, resulting from the interaction of universal principles and aspects particular to each codeswitching situation.
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Table of Contents
Language choices: Contact and conflict? — Introduciton
Martin Pütz
Section I: Language contact and language choice: Sociolinguistic and linguistic issues
Language ecology — contact without conflict
Peter Mühlhäusler
Towards a dynamic view of multlingualism
Ulrike Jessner
A matter of choice
Florian Coulmas
The choice of linguae francae in triglossic environments in Africa
Helma Pasch
Towards an ethnography of language shift: Goals and methods
Gabriele Sommer
Language shift and sentence processing in Moroccan Arabic
Abderrahman el Aissati
Is airbagging hip or mega-out? A new dictionary of anglicisms
Manfred Görlach
Section II: Language policy and language planning
Lessons for Europe from language policy in Australia
Robert Phillipson
National-variety purism in the naional centers of the German language
Ulrich Ammon
Towards a plurilingual urban environment: language policy and language planning in Brussels
Roland Willemyns
Double allegiance between nationalism and Western modernization in language choice: The case of Botswana and Tanzania
Herman M. Batibo
An evaluative account of Ethiopia’s new language policy
Matthias Brenzinger
Looking at means and ends in language policy in Namibia
Brian Harlech-Jones
Section III: Language use and attitudes towards language(s)
Language assesment tools: Uses and limitations
Eugene H. Casad
An ethnographic method for studying attitudes towards child language
Annick De Houwer and Wolfgang Wölck
Language attitudes in Switzerland: French and German along the language border
Sonia Weil
Communication in the Alemannic area: Language use and attitudes in Colmar and Freiburg
Helga Bister-Broosen
Language attitudes and the linguistic construction of ethnic identity: The case of Krio in Sierre Leone
Rebecca Ehret
Section 4: code-switching — One speaker, two languages
Contacts and conficts — perspective from code-switching research
Carol W. Pfaff
Code-switching processes: Alternation, insertion, congruent lexicalization
Pieter Muysken
‘I’ll meet you halfway with language’: Code-switching within a south African urban context
Rosalie Finlayson
Subject index
List of Contributors
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Coulmas, Florian
2005.  In Sociolinguistics, Crossref logo
Lam, Agnes S. L.
2007. The multi‐agent model of language choice: national planning and individual volition in China. Cambridge Journal of Education 37:1  pp. 67 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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