One Language and Many Languages

Mrinal Miri

in Philosophy and Education

Published in print October 2014 | ISBN: 9780199452767
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199084616 | DOI:
One Language and Many Languages

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This chapter analyses the debate on linguistic diversity as a part of the debate on respect for cultural diversity. Educational theory recommends that a child’s education, at least at the pre-primary and primary levels ought to be in its native language or in a language as close, in terms of familiarity and use in the community, to the native language as possible. Linguistic diversity presents a particularly intransigent problem for thinking about education at the national level. However, chapter four suggests that it is possible to take small steps towards an educationally acceptable position.

Keywords: natural; invented; vocabulary; rules; grammar; meaning; community; diversity; primary schools; multilingual; multicultural

Chapter.  4501 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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