Languages in a Globalising World

Languages in a Globalising World

Languages in a Globalising World

Languages in a Globalising World

Synopsis

The fate of languages has been closely linked to political power relationships throughout human history. Political shifts in the international system today continue to affect linguistic patterns, still in a state of flux following the end of the Cold War. This book considers the effects of present-day trends in global politics on the relative status of languages, and the directions in which the linguistic hierarchy might develop in the future. It appeals to researchers and students of sociolinguistics and language planning as well as of international relations.

Excerpt

Jacques Maurais and Michael A. Morris

This book, Languages in a globalising world, addresses language changes in the global arena from several interrelated perspectives. Global communication challenges (Part I) are becoming increasingly prominent in a rapidly changing world characterised by rising interdependence. In Part I as well as elsewhere in this volume, theoretical and practical aspects of these challenges are assessed and interrelated. Rising language competition on a global scale varies from geographical region to region as does the spread of the English language (Part II), so that the ongoing impact of globalisation must be examined in general terms as well as from the perspective of the various geographical regions. To a considerable extent, the hierarchy and status of the major languages cut across geographical regions, so that attention must be addressed to them as well (Part III). The status of a number of major languages is analysed as well as how they impact on and are impacted by a rapidly changing international order. The status and resulting hierarchy of major languages encompasses a number of key issues affecting the new global linguistic order. Vitally important as well is how ongoing globalisation affects linguistic diversity or the fate of lesser languages.

This introduction poses several key considerations about each of the three parts of the book as well as the component chapters of each part. A summary follows about the contribution of each chapter towards the part in which it is located as well as towards furthering the overall purpose of the book. Since the interrelation between languages and a globalising world is a very complex one, it is well to stress individual and overall contributions of the various chapters and parts of the book. Many issues are surveyed, numerous regions are covered and a variety of major languages are considered. Such a broad-based survey aspires to assess representative aspects of languages in a globalising world. For example, while the thousands of local languages located in pockets around the world can only be grouped together here to assess the generally adverse impact of globalisation on linguistic diversity, the major languages that have international influence are all given attention. Similarly, every single region around the world cannot be covered fully, but the most prominent regions are assessed here.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.