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Protecting language

in Sociolinguistics

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199858613
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365920 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199858613.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

Protecting language

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Linguistic prescriptivism reflects the idea that language standards must be maintained and that unwanted influences are to be resisted. ‘Protecting language’ explores contemporary language ecology, which often argues that all people have the right to maintain and use their native language, and that groups, organizations, and governments have an obligation to respect and encourage the exercise of this right. Much of the current work in the ecology of language reflects a particular sociopolitical ideology, one aimed at the maintenance of linguistic diversity, the encouragement of language learning, and the endorsement of language rights; these are all facets of a resistance to big languages generally and to English specifically.

Keywords: language

Chapter.  4070 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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