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Transcending monolingualism: Linguistic revitalisation in education
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Multiethnic Research.
2003 (English)Book (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Transcending Monolingualism describes a wide range of educational situations where linguistic revitalisation is currently taking place. The first part of the volume (“Linguistic rights”) provides a legal and theoretical overview of key policy initiatives in linguistic revitalisation, focusing on linguistic human rights and relating the discussion to a particular region, Scandinavia, and language, Saami. The second part (“Planning language acquisition at school”) examines the development of national and regional policies (and politics) concerning use of threatened minority languages in school contexts. Languages as different as Maltese in Malta, Crioulo in Guinea Bissau, Sorbian in Germany, Karelian in Russia, Saami in Norway and Kurdish in Sweden are examined. Part Three (“Pedagogies and practices of linguistic revitalisation”) moves from policy-level analysis to discussion of the implementation of programs and initiatives in various schools. Languages discussed here include Quichua in the Ecuadorian Andes, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English in South Africa, Navajo in the United States and Meänkieli in Sweden. The final part of the book (“Social, political, and cultural contexts of linguistic revitalisation in education”) examines the social, political, and cultural aspects of linguistic revitalisation, focusing on Slovenian in Austria, Faroese in the Faroe Islands, and Monguor in China. Aside from bearing witness to the remarkably diverse range of contexts in which linguistic revitalisation is currently taking place, the contributions clearly address the common difficulties faced by these groups along with their unique challenges, yielding fresh and powerful insights into the varied paths to linguistic revitalisation in education.

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Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse (The Netherlands) , 2003. , 297 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-26404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-26404DiVA: diva2:54178
Available from: 2007-02-15 Created: 2007-02-15

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