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

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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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Language and the pursuit of the millennium
Humphrey Tonkin and Timothy Reagan
Contexts and trends for English as a global language
Paul Bruthiaux
Global English and the non-native speaker: Overcoming disadvantage
Ulrich Ammon
Language and the future: Choices and constraints
John Edwards
Interlingualism: A world-centric approach to language policy and planning
Mark Fettes
Development of national language and management of English in East and Southeast Asia
Björn H. Jernudd
The “business” of language endangerment: Saving languages or helping people keep them alive?
Luisa Maffi
Equality, maintenance, globalization: Lessons from Canada
Jacques Maurais
Maintaining linguodiversity: Africa in the twenty-first century
Alamin M. Mazrui
Language in the twenty-first century: A newly informed perspective
Teresa Pica
Language and language education in the twenty-first century
Timothy Reagan
Why learn foreign languages? Thoughts for a new millennium
Humphrey Tonkin
Conclusion: Surveying the linguistic landscape: Assessing identity and change
Kurt E. Müller
“[...] 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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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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