This revised second edition is a comprehensive overview of why we speak the languages that we do. It covers language learning imposed by political and economic agendas as well as language choices entered into willingly for reasons of social mobility, economic advantage and group identity.
Sue Wright is Research Professor at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She is co-editor of Sociolinguistica and the Language and Globalization book series. She is the author of numerous publications on the linguistic dimension of nation building, globalisation, democracy and migration and on the linguistic effects of technological developments in communication.
1. Introduction PART I: COMMUNITY AND THE ROLE OF NATIONAL LANGUAGE 2. From Language Continuum to Linguistic Mosaic: European Language Communities from the Feudal Period to the Age of Nationalism 3. Language Planning in State Nations and Nation States 4. Nation Building in the Wake of Colonialism: Old Concepts in New Settings PART II: TRANSCENDENCE AND LANGUAGE LEARNING 5. Transcending the Group: Languages of Contact and Lingua Francas 6. French: The Rise and Fall of a Prestige Lingua Franca 7. English: From Language of Empire to Language of Globalisation 8. Lingua Francas for the New Millennium 9. Globalisation and Rethinking the Concept of Language PART III: RENAISSANCE AND REVITALISATION IN SMALL LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES 10. New Discourse, New Legal Instruments and a New Political Context for Minorities and their Languages 11 . New Polities and New Nation Building 12 . Endangered Languages 13. Conclusion: Community and Transcendence