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Language Planning and Policy in Latin America: Ecuador, Mexico, and Paraguay

Roberts, Elaine

The latest volume in the Language Planning and Policy series, co-edited by Baldauf and Kaplan, deals with three Latin American countries, Ecuador, Mexico, and Paraguay, which, while not geographically close, do share several key factors in relation to their language situation and corresponding governmental policy. Previous books in this series on Africa, Asia, and Europe have dealt with similar issues of linguistic diversity and political context, yet the study of these Latin American countries offers the unique and distinguishing characteristic of one official language impacting three separate countries. The objective of these studies, and in fact the series, is to address roughly two-dozen questions that bring to light the nature of language in these countries. The editors organize the questions into four sections: language profile, language spread, language policy and planning, and language maintenance and prospects. The first section, language profile, includes not only general information on the languages, but also tables with the number of speakers as well as speaker distribution maps. Language spread, the second section, includes information on education, the role of media, and the role of immigration. The next section, language policy and planning, focuses on the topic with special attention paid to the historical background. Finally, the language maintenance and prospects section is designed to summarize the transmission of these languages and their probable future direction.

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Published In
Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics
Volume
7
Issue
2
Pages
1 - 4
Academic Units
Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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