Language Planning and Social Change by Robert L. Cooper

By Robert L. Cooper

This ebook describes the ways that politicians, church officers, generals, and different leaders try and impact our use of language. utilizing many examples, Professor Cooper argues that language making plans isn't tried for its personal sake, yet particularly for the attainment of nonlinguistic ends. Examples mentioned comprise the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language, feminist campaigns to dispose of sexist bias in language, grownup literacy campaigns, the obvious language stream, efforts to tell apart American from British spelling, the yankee bilingual schooling circulation, the production of writing platforms for unwritten languages, and campaigns to rid languages of overseas phrases. this is often the 1st ebook to outline the sphere of language making plans and relate it to different facets of social making plans and to social swap.

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Definitions: a baker's dozen 37 Furthermore, they wanted to develop an indigenous Israeli service which would be at the same time faithful to traditional Jewish forms. The Congregation's name, Mevakshei Derech or Seekers of the Way, reflects this desire. Hebrew, as the principal daily language of the Jewish population in Israel, the unquestioned language of its public discourse, is at once the bearer of Jewish religious tradition and the symbol par excellence of the Israeli state. Thus Hebrew symbolizes both tradition and change.

Prominent among these are Charles A. Ferguson and Joshua A. Fishman. Let us look, then, at Ferguson's definition of applied linguistics and Fishman's definition of the sociology of language. " The article in which this definition appears deals with applications to problems of second-language acquisition. ) But at the conclusion of this article he notes that "at the present time the application of linguistics to questions of orthographies for unwritten languages, translation of technical documents, and government language policies in multilingual countries probably employ more man-hours of linguists than applications in the area of foreign language teaching" (147).

The advantage of Neustupny's formulation is obvious, especially if one views language planning as the pursuit of solutions to language problems. That I am reluctant to view language planning principally as communication problem-solving should by now be clear. But that reservation aside, Neustupny's definition of language planning as a systematic, rational, theory-driven activity suffers from the fact that one must look long and hard to find an example. Certainly none of my four defining cases exemplifies such an activity.

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