State Traditions and Language Regimes by McGill-Queen's University Press (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionLanguage policies are political. They have political consequences as well as political origins. In State Traditions and Language Regimes, scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America shift focus from the consequences of language policies to how and why states make language policy choices. This shift, theorized through the concept of language regime, inserts an urgently needed political science perspective into the current dialogue between sociolinguists, who research the societal effects of language policies, and political theorists of language rights, who analyze the rmative implications of policies. New analytical tools drawn from comparative politics are showcased to analyze paths taken by different states in establishing language regimes, at times disrupted and redirected at critical junctures. Contributions to the volume include analyses of Canada's increasingly court-driven language policies, the United States' bifurcated language regime in the aftermath of 9/11, Ireland's conflicted protection of the Irish language, France's linguistic Jacobin tradition disrupted by Europeanization, the role of political parties and coalitions in language regime stability and change in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, Poland's war-torn history informing policy toward regional languages, and the role of English in international peace-building. While other books look at the political and societal effects of language policy, ne seeks to employ a historical institutionalism approach which sets language policy choice in the context of power relations embedded in state traditions. State Traditions and Language Regimes offers a comparative politics perspective, one that enriches interdisciplinary debate on language policy.
- Author BiographyLinda Cardinal is professor at the School of Political Studies and chaire de recherche sur la francophonie et les politiques publiques at the University of Ottawa. Selma K. Sonntag is professor of politics at Humboldt State University in California and chair of the Research Committee on the Politics of Language of the International Political Science Association.
- PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Date of Publication04/06/2015
- Place of PublicationMontreal
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Content Note3 tables, 3 figures
- Weight544 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byLinda Cardinal,Selma K. Sonntag
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