Languages in school and society: Policy and pedagogy

Mary E McGroarty, Christian J. Faltis

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The papers in this section examine macrosociolinguistic concerns, concerns that shape the contexts for language use. Joseph Greenberg offers a provocative look at the historical tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism in grammatical theory and shows that the widely held rejection of prescriptivism on the part of linguists is a relatively modern development. Joshua Fishman, Frank Solano, and Grant McConnell present a method for quantifying linguistic homogeneity within countries. Using a method developed to permit continuous rather than dichotomous classification of variables, their approach allows more precise cross-national comparisons that inform the understanding of the relationships (and lack thereof) between linguistic heterogeneity, political turmoil, and economic development around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages570
ISBN (Electronic)9783110869132
ISBN (Print)9783110125764
StatePublished - May 9 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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