This is a comprehensive advanced textbook covering not only language learning imposed by economic or political agendas but also language choices entered into freely for reasons of social mobililty, economic advantage or group identity. The first part of the book reviews the development and role of standard languages in the construction of national communities and identities. The second part examines the linguistic accomodation of groups in contact, major lingua francas and the case of "International English". The third section explores reactions to nationalism and globalization, with some attention to language rights. The book further deals with methodological problems of working in this interdisciplinary area, and provides detailed illustrations from a range of countries and communities.
SUE WRIGHT is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Languages and European Studies at Aston University. She has published extensively on the role of language in nation building, European integration and globalization. Her latests books include Community and Communication and Whose Europe? ( with D.Smith).