By Tina Hickey, Jenny Williams
The papers during this quantity are a variety from these offered at a convention whose topic was once Language, schooling and Society in a altering international. This convention supplied a discussion board for the dialogue of a few of the foremost concerns dealing with language planners, coverage makers, researchers and lecturers, in an international the place languages have gotten extinct at an alarming cost and are often a spotlight for dispute and clash, the place overseas language educating and studying are faced by way of new technological and sensible calls for, and the place smooth verbal exchange media require the improvement of latest linguistic recommendations. those elements, including the continuing sluggish monetary and academic improvement within the 3rd global, the place entry to a 'world language' is usually promoted as a tutorial panacea, current utilized linguistics with significant philosophical in addition to useful difficulties.
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Language, Education & Society in a Changing World by Tina Hickey, Jenny Williams