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Identity, Insecurity and Image

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 is it that characterises their approach, and on the explanations for the policies governments have pursued in the past and present.
Identity, Insecurity and Image
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This text 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.
Dennis Ager is Professor of Modern Languages in the School of Languages and European Studies at Aston University. He is interested in the mutual effect of language and societies, particularly French society. This interest is reflected in work both on the nature of society, particularly on the characteristics of state-minority relations, and on the nature of language, with particular interest in language variety. His most recent books are 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).
Part I Insecurity: territorial insecurity - fear of the regional languages; fear mixed with pride - the myth of the hexagon; social insecurity - fear of the social outsider; fear mixed with guilt - the myth of inclusion; cultural insecurity - Americanophobia. Part II Identity: identity and the status of French - the langauge of the Republic; managing French to server the state - stability, elasticity and polyvalency. Part III Image: influence and prestige "Francophonie", cultural relations and the French language abroad; multilingualism - a policy for openess and diversity?
Series
Multilingual Matters
Year
1999
ISBN-10
1853594431
ISBN-13
9781853594434
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
1999-03-08
Subtitle
France and Language
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
306.44944
Publisher
Channel View Publications Ltd
Place of Publication
Bristol
Imprint
Multilingual Matters
Pages
264
Author
Dennis E. Ager
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