LINGUIST List 12.783

Wed Mar 21 2001

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Vinegrad, Anna, Sociolinguistics: Language and Minority Rights by Stephen May

Message 1: Sociolinguistics: Language and Minority Rights by Stephen May

Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 18:13:54 -0000
From: Vinegrad, Anna <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics: Language and Minority Rights by Stephen May

Language and Minority Rights: Ethnicity, Minority Rights and the Politics of
Stephen May, University of Bristol, UK

In this provocative and ground-breaking book, Stephen May argues for a
major reappraisal of the long-held constructivist consensus in the
sociology of ethnicity and nationalism, and to a lesser extent in the
sociology of language, that dismisses language as an important feature
of individual and collective identity. Language may well be contingent
but it is not unimportant, as made clear by the many historical and
contemporary ethnic and ethnonational movements and conflicts that
focus on language. May argues that the causes of many of these
language-based conflicts lie with the nation-state and its
preoccupation with establishing a 'common' language and culture via
mass education.

Language and Minority Rights draws together debates on language from
the sociology of language, ethnicity and nationalism,
sociolinguistics, social and political theory, education, history and
law, and encompasses a breadth of cross-national contexts and
examples. It is essential reading for students, teachers and
researchers in the sociology of language, sociolinguistics, ethnicity,
nationalism, politics, education and language policy and planning.

Language in Social Life Series
0-582-40455-X/Pb/List: �19.99	

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