Language Ideological Debates

Language Ideological Debates

Language Ideological Debates

Language Ideological Debates

Synopsis

This text presents analyses of historically-situated discursive events during which ideas about language are formed, articulated and authoritatively entextualized.

Excerpt

This book is very much the product of a collaborative effort of all the authors. the hardship of the editorial work (a kind of work I rarely enjoy) was greatly relieved by their enthusiasm and by the amount of work each of the authors was prepared to invest in his/her chapter. Chapters were revised over and over again, by authors drawing inspiration from each other’s work and suggestions, in an attempt to improve the overall coherence and clarity of the volume. in the very true sense of the word, this book is a debate in its own right, one which I had the privilege to chair. I thank all the authors for the spirit and the commitment with which they contributed to this effort. I owe a special debt to Monica Heller and Dick Watts, the series editors. They were initially bigger fans of this project than I was myself, and they certainly had a clearer idea of what the book should become than I did. They coached me all along in a most vigorous, yet compassionate way. As for compassion, both of them wrote an excellent chapter themselves. Their contribution to the style, shape and content of this volume is enormous. Thanks also to Anke Beck and her Mouton de Gruyter team for great editorial guidance and assistance, and for the generosity in which she handled my problems with editorial deadlines. Three people closer to home actively assisted me in the tedious work of final editing. Pika took care of my least favorite job: getting lists of references right; Katrijn Maryns checked the language, orthography and style of the chapters; Chris Bulcaen took care of the index. and Pika, Frederik and Alexander tolerated me at home while I was finishing the book. To all of them: merci.

Gent, January 1999                               Jan Blommaert . . .

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