Language Revitalization: Policy and Planning

Language Revitalization: Policy and Planning

By: Colin H. Williams (author)Hardback

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Language revitalization is a challenging issue within contemporary Wales and a fascinating topic for inter-disciplinary analysis worldwide. This volume of essays assesses the current state of language policy and planning in Wales. It traces the historical development of the Welsh language struggle before turning to an analysis of the data sources which inform current policy decisions. The distinguished contributors then offer a range of critical perspectives on the operation of bilingual educational policies ranging from nursery education to adult education. Special attention is paid to community development efforts as well as to comparable language revitalization efforts in Ireland, the Basque country and Catalonia. The volume concludes with an assessment of current economic and political programmes which offer an unprecedented opportunity to incorporate the Welsh language within mainstream social thought and action. The scope and richness of this collection will make it a key reference for anyone interested in the phenomenon of language revival and language planning, Welsh society and history, public policy on language in society and bilingualism.

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Colin H. Williams is Research Professor in the Department of Welsh, Cardiff University and Adjunct Professor of Geography, University of Western Ontario. He is the editor of many books, including Language in Geographic Context (1988) and Linguistic Minorities, Society and Territory (1991).


Introduction to language revitalization; the statistical basis for Welsh language planning; language revitalization - the role of the Welsh Language Board; Welsh language education - a strategy for revitalization; the development of Welsmedium education in Cardiff; planning for the use of Welsh by young people; adult education - language revival and language planning; community empowerment through language planning intervention; the development of Mentrau Iaith; declining density - a danger for the language?; language planning in Western European perspective - Ireland, The Basque Country and Catalonia; conclusion.

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/12/2000
  • ISBN13: 9780708316672
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780708316672
  • weight: 807
  • ISBN10: 0708316670

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