Language and Poverty (Multilingual Matters)

Language and Poverty (Multilingual Matters)

By: Sally McConnell-Ginet (editor), John Whitman (editor), Amanda Miller (editor), Wayne Harbert (editor)Hardback

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This book explores the bidirectional relationship between language and poverty, from the perspectives of linguistics, language policy and planning, economics, anthropology, and sociology. On the one hand, poverty affects language survival; in modern times the fundamental determinants of language shift and language death are economic. On the other hand, the languages people speak, or don't speak, can influence their economic status in substantial ways, limiting or facilitating access to jobs and education and full participation in the functions of the society. The issues encompassed by the twin themes of the volume have assumed growing significance in an era of increasing globalization and accelerating change in economies, technologies and traditional social structures. They are of practical concern to people in a wide range of disciplines and professions, including politicians, educators, social workers, language planners, and others who work and live in multilingual contexts.

About Author

Wayne Harbert is Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University. In addition to his research on the Germanic languages, he teaches Welsh and Scottish Gaelic, as well as courses on minority languages and linguistics. Sally McConnell-Ginet, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Cornell University, has taught and done research in formal semantics/pragmatics and in language and gender. She is Past President of the Linguistic Society of America. Amanda Miller, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University, works on the phonetics and phonology of endangered Southern African Khoesan languages. She undertakes linguistic field work in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. John Whitman, Professor and Chair of Linguistics at Cornell University, works on syntactic variation and language change. His research includes work with endangered minority languages of Japan (RyA"kyA"an), Korea (Kyeongsang-do dialect), and the Peoplea s Republic of China (Tibetan, Bai).


Chapter 1. Introduction - Wayne Harbert, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Amanda Miller and John Whitman. Section I: Poverty as a Factor in Language Maintenance and Language Death Chapter 2. Poverty as a Factor in Language Maintenance and Language Death: Some Case Studies from Africa - Herman Batibo Chapter 3. Language Diversity and Poverty in Africa - Matthias Brenzinger. Section II: Language as a Determinant of Access to Resources Chapter 4. The Impact of the Hegemony of English on Access to and Quality of Education with Special Reference to South Africa - Neville Alexander. Chapter 5. Econolinguistics in the USA - John Baugh Chapter 6. Where in the World is US Spanish? - Ofelia Garcia and Leah Mason Chapter 7. Perpetuating Inequality: Language Disadvantage and Capability Deprivation of Tribal Mother Tongue Speakers in India - Ajit Mohanty Section III: Language and Poverty: A Cross-disciplinary Perspective Chapter 8. Biodiversity, Linguistic Diversity and Poverty: Some Global Patterns and Missing Links - Suzanne Romaine Chapter 9. Language and Poverty: Measurement, Determinants and Policy Responses - Francois Vaillancourt Chapter 10. Losing their Names: Native Languages, Identity and the State - Peter Whiteley Section IV: Language, Poverty and the Role of the Linguist Chapter 11. The Role of the Linguist in Language Maintenance and Revitalization: Documentation, Training and Materials Development - Lenore Grenoble, Keren Rice, and Norvin Richards Chapter 12. Preserving Digital Language Materials: Some Considerations - Helen Aristar-Dry Conclusion

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  • ISBN13: 9781847691187
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781847691187
  • weight: 423
  • ISBN10: 1847691188

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