By Julia Sallabank
"Language attitudes and ideologies are of key significance in assessing the possibilities of good fortune of revitalisation efforts for endangered languages. despite the fact that, few book-length experiences relate attitudes to language regulations, or handle the altering attitudes of non-speakers and the motivations of participants of language routine. via a mix of ethnographic study and quantitative surveys, this publication offers an in-depth research of revitalisation efforts for indigenous languages in 3 small islands around the British Isles. the writer identifies and confronts key matters ordinarily confronted via practitioners and researchers operating in small language groups with little institutional aid. This e-book explores the complicated courting of ideologies, identification and language-related ideals and practices, and examines the results of those components for language revitalisation measures. crucial analyzing for researchers attracted to language endangerment and revitalisation, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and language coverage and making plans, in addition to language planners and campaigners"-- Read more...
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Although it might have seemed more straightforward to describe each case study in turn, one of the underpinnings of this book is a comparative approach; factors will therefore be examined thematically, comparing and contrasting impacts and responses in each island. They are not part of the United Kingdom (UK) but are self-governing dependencies of the British Crown. g. education), although the UK government is responsible, following consultation, for international relations and defence. 1 Map showing the locations of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man At the same time, the islands and their populations have significant links to the UK: in each island at least half of the population is of British origin, and for historical reasons the British monarch serves as Head of State,1 although each island has an elected Chief Minister and cabinet as well as Crown-appointed officials; the monarch is represented by a Lieutenant-Governor.
It could nevertheless be pointed out that (1) it would be equally valid to follow a Welsh-style curriculum with bilingual or local-language-medium teaching; and (2) many non-British students attend UK universities, which have well-established systems for comparing qualifications. Emigration for education can lead to longer-term emigration, so replacement expertise may be imported from the UK, especially in key sectors of the economy such as finance, and in public services such as the civil service, education and healthcare, which in turn leads to further Anglicisation of policies.
2009; Grenoble and Furbee 2010; Lüpke and Storch 2013). Some critical analysts, such as Duchêne and Heller (2007), point to how speakers of undeniably vital world languages such as French or English (especially the ‘Official English’ movement in America) utilise ‘discourses of endangerment’ to complain that their languages are ‘under threat’. They then use this observation as a basis to challenge the whole notion of language endangerment. Such criticism can be unhelpful to members of linguistic minorities, who already have to deal with disparagement from those who would rather see them disappear.
Attitudes to endangered languages : identities and policies by Julia Sallabank