Language in Society


BERNARD SPOLSKY, Language policy

Richard B.  Baldauf  Jr. a1 and Minglin  Li  a2
a1 School of Education, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072 Australia,
a2 School of Foreign Languages, Ludong University, Shandong, People's Republic of China

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BERNARD SPOLSKY, Language policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. ix, 250, Pb.A$59.95 / US$29.95.

In the past five years, several books (Baker 2002, Ricento 2006, Shohamy 2006) and a journal, all entitled Language policy, have appeared, attesting to the interest in this topic. Volumes in this Cambridge series, “Key Topics in Sociolinguistics,” are meant to provide “accessible yet challenging accounts of the most important issues to consider when examining the relationships between language and society” (n.p.). Spolsky's volume explores many of the debates at the forefront of language policy: ideas of correctness and bad language, bilingualism and multilingualism, language death and efforts to preserve endangered languages, language choice as a human and civil right, and language education policy. Unlike the topical collections previously listed, it suggests a sustained theoretical model of what the field might entail.

(Received September 11 2006)