Language Loyalty, Language Planning, and Language Revitalization Recent Writings and Reflections from Joshua A. Fishman Edited by: Nancy H. Hornberger, Martin Pütz

Format:
Paperback - 280 pages
Related Formats:
Hardback 
ISBN:
9781853599002
Published:
15 Jul 2006
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Available

Key features

- Includes an excellent selection of his recent work - Book is a legacy of Fishman's work for future generations

Summary

Joshua Fishman is perhaps best known and loved for his pioneering and enduring work in language loyalty and reversing language shift. This volume brings together a selection of his recent writings on these topics and some of his personal perspectives on the field of sociolinguistics, along with an interview dialogue with the editors in which Fishman reflects on his lifetime’s work

Review:

Joshua Fishman needs to be read and re-read by future generations. His reverence for the small languages and peoples of this world, the holiness of his international humanity, and his fight for language freedoms, make him one of the world's most remarkable scholars. His mountain-top view of downtrodden ethnic groups and dying languages creates a universal vision of a new land. Those who work at the sharp end of top-down and bottom-up language planning know that Fishman is a prophet in his own time. In his writing there is a condensation of wisdom, a vision composed in one century but even more relevant in the next. The book contains an excellent recent selection of his deep insights and vast understandings that need inter-generational transmission. While his writings continue, this collection is a priceless legacy that needs preservation and re-presentation to future generations. – From the foreword by Colin Baker This collection of Joshua A. Fishman’s essays is well organized, providing just the right amount of breadth for an introduction. The organization of the book makes it highly readable, and allows the reader to skip directly to the section that he/she might like. When finished with this short volume, the reader will certainly be left with the desire to read more of Joshua A. Fishman’s essays and books.

- Linguist List 18.703 - Iris Flannery, Haas School of Business

Joshua Fishman needs to be read and re-read by future generations. His reverence for the small languages and peoples of this world, the holiness of his international humanity, and his fight for language freedoms, make him one of the world's most remarkable scholars. His mountain-top view of downtrodden ethnic groups and dying languages creates a universal vision of a new land.  Those who work at the sharp end of top-down and bottom-up language planning know that Fishman is a prophet in his own time.  In his writing there is a condensation of wisdom, a vision composed in one century but even more relevant in the next.  The book contains an excellent recent selection of his deep insights and vast understandings that need inter-generational transmission. While his writings continue, this collection is a priceless legacy that needs preservation and re-presentation to future generations.

- From the foreword - Colin Baker

Author Biography:

Nancy H. Hornberger is Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She investigates, teaches, lectures, and consults on multilingual language and education policy and practice worldwide, combining methods and perspectives from anthropology and sociolinguistics. Her special focus is indigenous and immigrant heritage language education, grounded in her comparative ethnographic research in the South American Andes and urban Philadelphia (USA). Her most recent book is Continua of Biliteracy: An Ecological Framework for Educational Policy, Research, and Practice in Multilingual Settings (Multilingual Matters, 2003) and she is General Editor for the forthcoming 10-volume Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Springer).

Martin Pütz is Full Professor of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany (Campus Landau) where he regularly organises linguistic conferences (International LAUD Symposia). His research interests include sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics and foreign language teaching/learning. He has done extensive fieldwork in Great Britain, Namibia and Australia on a variety of topics such as intercultural communication, codeswitching, pidgins/creoles, language policy and educational language planning. His recent book publication includes ‘Along the Routes to Power’: Explorations of Empowerment through Language (with co-editors Joshua A. Fishman and JoAnne Neff – van Aertselaer).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate


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