The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Young, D N en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Hughes, Sharon en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-15T07:03:03Z
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dc.date.issued 1994 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Hughes, S. 1994. The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16990
dc.description Bibliography: pages 70-80. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Language planning and language policy are currently being debated by both politicians and educationists. Language policy is seen by both Afrikaner nationalists and some progressive educationists as the key to political and economic power. This dissertation argues that language policy-making alone cannot achieve political goals. It also proposes that the most successful and most democratic policies are those which are "facilitatory and enabling rather than compulsory and punitive" (Fishman, 1991: 82) and which are differentiated to take account of existing sociolinguistic contexts. Chapter 1 begins by looking at definitions of language planning and language policy. Following this, it examines some of the terms that people use to speak about language and languages in language planning. The concern here is not with establishing fixed meanings but with how the use of these terms constructs certain "realities", for example relationships amongst languages. This chapter also looks at some of the proposed relations between language and "reality". Chapter 2 briefly outlines the history of language planning in South Africa, focusing on language medium of instruction in education. It examines the Nationalists' and the ANC's language policy positions. A postscript discusses the agreement reached in November 1993. Chapter 3 looks at the role of various non-governmental associations in the language policy debate. It also examines the phenomenon of white advocacy of increased status for African languages. Chapter 4 deals with the process of language planning. Who decides on language goals and through what mechanisms are goals promoted? Chapter 5 asks questions about what bilingual or multilingual medium of instruction models would mean in terms of classroom practice and underlines the lack of consensus in bilingual education research about universally applicable solutions. Chapter 6 summarises the main arguments covered in the dissertation and makes some general recommendations about language-in-education policy. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Language planning - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Language policy - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Applied Language Studies en_ZA
dc.title The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Hughes, S. (1994). <i>The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16990 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Hughes, Sharon. <i>"The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa, 1994. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16990 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Hughes S. The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa, 1994 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16990 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Hughes, Sharon AB - Language planning and language policy are currently being debated by both politicians and educationists. Language policy is seen by both Afrikaner nationalists and some progressive educationists as the key to political and economic power. This dissertation argues that language policy-making alone cannot achieve political goals. It also proposes that the most successful and most democratic policies are those which are "facilitatory and enabling rather than compulsory and punitive" (Fishman, 1991: 82) and which are differentiated to take account of existing sociolinguistic contexts. Chapter 1 begins by looking at definitions of language planning and language policy. Following this, it examines some of the terms that people use to speak about language and languages in language planning. The concern here is not with establishing fixed meanings but with how the use of these terms constructs certain "realities", for example relationships amongst languages. This chapter also looks at some of the proposed relations between language and "reality". Chapter 2 briefly outlines the history of language planning in South Africa, focusing on language medium of instruction in education. It examines the Nationalists' and the ANC's language policy positions. A postscript discusses the agreement reached in November 1993. Chapter 3 looks at the role of various non-governmental associations in the language policy debate. It also examines the phenomenon of white advocacy of increased status for African languages. Chapter 4 deals with the process of language planning. Who decides on language goals and through what mechanisms are goals promoted? Chapter 5 asks questions about what bilingual or multilingual medium of instruction models would mean in terms of classroom practice and underlines the lack of consensus in bilingual education research about universally applicable solutions. Chapter 6 summarises the main arguments covered in the dissertation and makes some general recommendations about language-in-education policy. DA - 1994 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1994 T1 - The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy TI - The change of language and the language of change : a consideration of some of the assumptions behind non-governmental language planning projects : implications for language in education policy UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16990 ER - en_ZA


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