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29 Jun 2007
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Language and the City provides the first, comprehensive treatment of language-city relationships, drawing upon research on the language in city contexts from a global perspective, illustrated by examples from cities worldwide. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost proposes a conceptual framework for understanding language-city relationships through critical reference to the relational perspective on the city and an ecological view of language. He counters a 'simplistic biodiversity equals linguistic diversity' formulation in identifying cities as significant sites of linguistic diversity and innovation, as well as the sites of language change, language shift and language death. In the field of language planning and policy, this book addresses functions of the city in the interests of sustainable linguistic diversity.


Description

Language and the City provides the first, comprehensive treatment of language-city relationships, drawing upon research on the language in city contexts from a global perspective, illustrated by examples from cities worldwide. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost proposes a conceptual framework for understanding language-city relationships through critical reference to the relational perspective on the city and an ecological view of language. He counters a 'simplistic biodiversity equals linguistic diversity' formulation in identifying cities as significant sites of linguistic diversity and innovation, as well as the sites of language change, language shift and language death. In the field of language planning and policy, this book addresses functions of the city in the interests of sustainable linguistic diversity.


Reviews



 
'A fascinating book...which will stimulate any reader interested in contemporary urban life.' - Huw Thomas, International Planning Studies
 
'Mac Giolla Chríost writes with scholarly confidence...this book poses important questions for a greater understanding of the relationship between the city, language and linguistic diversity.' - Robert Blackwood, Language Policy


Contents

List of Photographs
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART 1: THE INTELLECTUAL INHERITANCE
The City
Sociolinguistics
Language Planning
PART 2: TOWARDS A NEW CONCEPTUAL TERRAIN
Place
Identity
Power
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index


Authors

DIARMAIT MAC GIOLLA CHRÍOST is Lecturer, School of Welsh, Cardiff University, UK. He is a native of Ireland and an authority on linguistic minorities and language planning. He has written articles for various scholarly journals and is the author of Language, Identity and Conflict and The Irish Language in Ireland