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8. Publications of Interest

Identity, Insecurity and Image — France and Language by Dennis Ager
(Aston University, Birmingham, U.K.);
Multilingual Matters No. 112 (MM112); March 1999; 253 pp.
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd., Frankfurt Lodge, Clevedon Hall, Victoria Road, Clevedon,
North Somerset BS21 7HH. England.
Tel.: +44 (0) 1275-876519;
Fax: +44 (0) 1275-343096
Web: www.multilingual-matters.com
1-85359-443-1 (hbk)
UK£44.95/ US$75.00/ CAN$89.00
1-85359-442-3 (pbk)
UK£14.95/ US$24.95/ CAN$29.95

Key Features
Explores the reasons for the language policies of the French state. The book examines three main motives for French language policy: identity, insecurity and image.

Description
This book is about the relationship between language and the society that uses it. It specifically aims to discover what drove and drives the French to concentrate so much on language, on what it is that characterises their approach, and on the explanations for the policies governments have pursued in the past and present.

Author Information
Dennis Ager is Professor of Modern Language at Aston University. His most recent books are Sociolinguistics and Contemporary French (Cambridge University Press, 1990); Francophonie in the 1990s: problems and opportunities (Multilingual Matters, 1996); Language Policy in Britain and France: the processes of policy (Cassell, 1996); and Language, Community and the State (Intellect, 1997).

Ordering information
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Native American language preservation and pedagogy — Audio-Visual Materials

From: Brenda Farnell Via linganth(at)cc.rochester.edu

I have several extra copies of a CD-ROM "sampler" of multi-media work that I have permission to share with linguistic anthropologists and other teachers/scholars working on Native American language preservation and pedagogy. I will send copies at cost to anyone interested — $25.00. This sampler was produced following the "Iowa Multimedia Workshop for Endangered Languages" that I directed in the summer of 1996. It contains examples of work from seven multi-media projects on Native American languages that were started at the Workshop (Dakota, Cayuga, Mono, Nakota, Yuchee, Navaho and Xavante). Some focused on language learning, others on preservation and documentation. Paul Kroskrity's work began at this workshop and is excellent — it documents Mono (California) language and culture. It is soon to be published, I believe.

Brenda Farnell
Anthropology Dept
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Davenport Hall 607, Sth. Matthews Ave., Urbana, IL. 61801. U.S.A.

Tel.: +1 217 244 9226 FAX: +1 217 244 3490
'Sentence Puzzle Kit' for Nisga'a
25 May 1999: From M-L Tarpent (mtarpent.employee.msvu(at)msvu1.msvu.ca)

My paper resulting from a workshop conducted at the Fifth Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (Louisville, Ky, 1998) is: "Concretizing linguistic structure: a 'Sentence Puzzle Kit' for modeling and practicing grammatical Nisga'a sentences" I will send a printed copy to anyone interested. The paper describes the grammatical structures involved, the design (coding by shape and color) of the puzzle pieces in the kit, and some of its uses in the classroom with students of various ages and levels, as well as some possible adaptations for different languages. Apart from its pedagogical use with language learners, a concrete representation such as the 'sentence puzzle kit' can also play a role in helping to bridge the gap between linguists and native speakers.

Marie-Lucie Tarpent
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2J6, Canada
(marie-lucie.tarpent(at)msvu.ca)

 

 

“Language endangerment: What have pride and prestige got to do with it?” new paper by Salikoko Mufwene

Salikoko S. Mufwene writes:
I have now posted my latest paper on language endangerment at my home page, under the title "Language endangerment: What have pride and prestige got to do with it?" ... I'll appreciate any feedback.

http://humanities.uchicago.edu/
humanities/linguistics/faculty/mufwene.html

University of Chicago, Department of Linguistics
1010 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

Papers on South-East Asian Minority Languages etc.

The Payap University Graduate Linguistics Department (Chiang Mai, Thailand) has published their third volume of Working Papers in Linguistics. This third volume includes the following papers -
AN ACOUSTIC PHONETIC ANALYSIS OF THE VOWELS AND TONES OF LAHU SHI BALAN Arthur D. Cooper
THE KINSHIP SYSTEM OF THE BISU OF CHIANG RAI Kirk R. Person
RELATIVE CLAUSES IN TAI LUE William J. Hanna
SOME DISCOURSE EVIDENCE FOR ANALYZING MOLBOG AS AN ERGATIVE LANGUAGE Douglas Inglis
A PRELIMINARY DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF WESTERN RED KAREN NARRATIVES Brooke Bryant, Karen Block, John Bryant
A SOCIOLINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF COLOURED SOUTH AFRICAN SPEECH IN AUSTRALIA Ken Manson
A PRELIMINARY PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HUAY JO KHMU Michael Cooper and Susan Cooper

This volume of papers can be ordered by writing to Department of Linguistics, Graduate School Payap University, Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand
And sending a check made out to Payap University for one of the following amounts -
US$16 - airmail US$10 - seamail

Revitalising the Maori Language - Some Lessons from Abroad, (a report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust) by Joseph Selwyn TeRito.

This work conveys the author’s findings from the three international language conferences that he attended in 1998: in Hawai'i, Wales and Scotland. The last of the these was the Foundation’s Edinburgh conference What Rôle for the Specialist?” Joe made a very memorable contribution to the Open Forum at that event, with moving video footage of Maori schools, and it is gratifying to see that he has value so highly what he experienced there. Joe had previously that year attended Language Immersion conferences at the University of Hawai’i and Trinity College, Camarthen in Wales, and gives details of what experience has shown to be priorities for this type of language instruction.

In the report he also recommends that the New Zealand government immediately broaden and strengthen (resource-wise) the Maori Language Act and the Maori Language Commission.

Faculty of Maori Studies, Hawke's Bay Polytechnic
Private Bag 1201, Taradale, Hawke's Bay, NZ.
jterito(at)eit.ac.nz

OZBIB: a linguistic bibliography of Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands - Lois Carrington and Geraldine Triffitt.
Pacific Linguistics D-92, 1999; x+282pp

OZBIB aims to provide a full bibliographical listing of all published materials on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and linguistics, plus relevant theses and dissertations. Its usefulness, it is hoped, will extend beyond it convenience as a reference work, making it as well a reliable and accurate source for citation. The basis of OZBIB lies in materials collected by Lois Carrington and Geraldine Triffitt over many years, in the course of work undertaken for the Australian National University, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and the Australian Linguistic Society. A comprehensive Introduction sets out the criteria employed. There are topical and language indexes, as well as over 250 pages of bibliographical entries. Wherever possible, brief biographical notes, or current affiliations, are supplied for each author.

Price $38 Australian, excluding postage, due out late August 1999, obtainable from Julie Manley, Department of Linguistics RSPAS, ANU Box 0200, Australia;
tel: +61-2 6249 2742; fax: +61-2 6249 4896;
jmanley(at)coombs.anu.edu.au

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