Language in the Twenty-First Century

Selected papers of the millennial conferences of the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems, held at the University of Hartford and Yale University

Humphrey Tonkin | University of Hartford
ORCID logoTimothy Reagan | University of Connecticut
ISBN 9789027228314 (Eur) | EUR 85.00
ISBN 9781588113832 (USA) | USD 128.00
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What is the future of languages in an increasingly globalized world? Are we moving toward the use of a single language for global communication, or are there ways of managing language diversity at the international level? Can we, or should we, maintain a balance between the global need to communicate and the maintenance of local and regional identities and cultures? What is the role of education, of language rights, of language equality in this volatile global linguistic mix? A group of leading scholars in sociolinguistics and language policy examines trends in language use across the world to find answers to these questions and to make predictions about likely outcomes. Highlighted in the discussion are, among other issues, the rapidly changing role of English, the equally rapid decline and death of small languages, the future of the major European languages, the international use of constructed languages like Esperanto, and, not least, the question of what role applied scholarship can and should play in mapping and influencing the future.
[Studies in World Language Problems, 1] 2003.  vi, 209 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] a book that contains much that will appeal to the language specialist but which the general reader will also find stimulating and challenging.”
“Language in the 21st Century offers engaging and engaged perspectives on issues that are perennial and by no means restricted to this new century.”
“[...] a comprehensive, authoritative, brilliantly written and path-breaking collection.[...] an indispensable reference for language policy makers and educators as well as theoreticians.”
“This is an engaging and accessible book by language experts who are not exclusively linguists. [...] The volume as a whole is thought-provoking and its concerns are relevant for anyone working with languages.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003048077 | Marc record