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Guardians of Language: Twenty Voices Through History

Florian Coulmas


This book is about language policy, focusing on the contributions of twenty individuals, guardians of language. Guardians of language are people who know more about language than others and who are charged with applying their knowledge to the regulation of language use. The individuals portrayed in this book were committed to their own ideas about language regimes and language ideologies that reflected the social, economic, and cultural conditions of their times; and the chapters offer a broad perspective on the many ways in which language becomes an object of political designs. Language can s ... More

Keywords: language policy, regulation of language, social integration, ideology, separation, distinction, language regime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florian Coulmas, author
Senior Professor in the Institute of East Asian Studies, Duisberg-Essen University