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Language Maintenance and Shift (Key Topics in Sociolinguistics)

Language Maintenance and Shift (Key Topics in Sociolinguistics)

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Anne Pauwels
Cambridge University Press, 8/4/2016
EAN 9781107618923, ISBN10: 1107618924

Paperback, 220 pages, 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

What motivates some linguistic minorities to maintain their language? Why do others shift away from it rather quickly? Are there specific conditions - environmental or personal - influencing these dynamics? What can families and communities do to pass on their 'threatened' language to the next generation? These and related questions are investigated in detail in Language Maintenance and Shift. In this fascinating book, Anne Pauwels analyses the patterns of language use exhibited by individuals and groups living in multilingual societies, and explores their efforts to maintain their heritage or minority language. She explores the various methods used to analyse language maintenance, from linguistic demography to linguistic biography, and offers guidance on how to research the language patterns and practices of linguistic minorities around the world.

Introduction
Part I. History, Concepts, Contexts and Approaches
1. Pioneers in the study of language maintenance and language shift
2. Concepts, contexts and approaches to the study of language maintenance and shift
Part II. Investigating Language Maintenance and Shift
Collecting and Analysing Data
3. Linguistic demography
census surveys
4. Reporting language use and exploring language attitudes
questionnaires
5. Beyond surveys
interviews, participant observation and experiments
Part III. Identifying and Understanding Trends and Patterns in the Dynamics of Language Maintenance and Shift
6. Trends and patterns in language maintenance and shift
7. Understanding the dynamics of language maintenance and shift
Part IV. Language Maintenance Efforts and Reversing Language Shift
8. Efforts, agencies and institutions for language maintenance
9. Reversing language shift
Part V. Future Developments in the Study of Language Maintenance and Shift
10. Opportunities and challenges for the future study of language maintenance and shift.