Language Planning and Social Change

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This book describes the ways in which politicians, church officials, generals, and other leaders try to influence our use of language. Using many examples, Professor Cooper argues that language planning is never attempted for its own sake, but rather for the attainment of nonlinguistic ends. Examples discussed include the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language, feminist campaigns to eliminate sexist bias in language, adult literacy campaigns, the plain language movement, efforts to distinguish American from British spelling, the American bilingual education movement, the creation of writing systems for unwritten languages, and campaigns to rid languages of foreign terms. This is the first book to define the field of language planning and relate it to other aspects of social planning and to social change.

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The ways in which politicians, church officials, generals, and other leaders try to influence language use are described in the first study to define language planning and relate it to social planning.

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"This exploration of the field of language planning is packed with insights and is a model of scholarship--clear, engaging, careful, broad, and easy to read." Teachers College Record

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