Linguistic Culture and Language Policy

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 351 pages
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By looking closely at the multilingual democracies of India, France and the USA, Harold F. Schiffman examines how language policy is primarily a social construct based on belief systems, attitudes and myths.
Linguistic Culture and Language Policy exposes language policy as culture-specific, helping us to understand why language policies evolve the way they do; why they work, or not; and how people's lives are affected by them. These issues will be of specific interest to linguists specialising in multilingual/multicultural societies, bilingual educationalists, curriculum planners and teachers.
  

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Contents

language policy and linguistic culture
1
Typologies of multilingualism and typologies
26
Religion myth and linguistic culture
55
Language policy and linguistic culture in France
75
Alsace and
124
Indian linguistic culture and the genesis of language
148
Language policy and linguistic culture in Tamilnadu
173
Language policy in the United States
210
Conclusion
276
Bibliography
322
Index
341
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Harold F. Schiffman is Professor of South Asian Regional Studies and Luce Professor of Language Learning at the University of Pennsylvania

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