Language Choices

Conditions, constraints, and consequences

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  • Editor: Martin Pütz1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1997
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027275844

This volume is about various aspects of the theory and application of language contact and language conflict phenomena seen from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on the linguistic, social, psychological, and educational issues (conditions, constraints, and consequences) involved in the status and use of languages in multilingual settings.<br />The book is divided into four sections dealing with the following areas: <i>Theoretical issues</i>: This section addresses key issues such as the nature of the concepts of language maintenance, language loyalty and language identity, language shift, language loss and language death. It includes the search for models of the often contradictory theoretical issues involved in language contact.<br /><i>Language policy and language planning</i>: This section examines the various language policies carried out by official agencies and focuses on the two basic options available to a multilingual nation: assimilation or pluralism.<br /><i>Attitudes towards languages</i>: The section is geared towards research into determinants of language attitudes, the methods for the measurements of attitudes, as well as the relationship between language policy and attitude change.<br /><i>Codeswitching and language choice</i>: The linguistic, social, psychological, and anthropological implications of using two different codes will be examined from different perspectives. Relevant research topics include: the situational uses of code-switching, linguistic and social constraints on codeswitching, and code-switching vs. borrowing. A further research paradigm deals with the search for relativized constraints, resulting from the interaction of universal principles and aspects particular to each codeswitching situation.<br />

Subjects: Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Duisburg

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