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Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism

Applied Language Studies

  • 1st Edition - January 28, 1984
  • Editor: John Edwards
  • Language: English
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 1 - 4 8 3 2 - 1 7 6 8 - 0

Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism examines the position of some linguistic minority groups, including policies that affect them. This book provides a useful… Read more

Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism

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Linguistic Minorities, Policies and Pluralism examines the position of some linguistic minority groups, including policies that affect them. This book provides a useful perspective on group relations, emphasizing the aims, purposes, and values held by the societies in which linguistic minority groups exist. The structure of society and perceptions of pluralism and assimilation are also described. This text demonstrates that there is not a simple opposition between pluralism and assimilation, there are difficulties with educational programs intended to support minority group language and identity, minority views are not themselves homogeneous, and advocates of cultural pluralism often hold over-simplified and unrealistic ideas. This publication is a good reference for students and researchers conducting work on pluralism, assimilation, language maintenance/shift, and ethnolinguistic identity.