Download e-book for iPad: Affirming Language Diversity in Schools and Society: Beyond by Pierre Orelus

By Pierre Orelus

Language could be the most typical factor that surfaces in debates over college reform, and performs an essential function in almost every little thing we're concerned. This edited quantity explores linguistic apartheid, or the disappearance of convinced languages via cultural genocide by means of dominant ecu colonizers and American neoconservative teams. those teams have traditionally imposed hegemonic languages, corresponding to English and French, on colonized humans on the rate of the local languages of the latter. The book traces this manner of apartheid from the colonial period to the English-only stream within the usa, and proposes alternative routes to counter linguistic apartheid that minority teams and scholars have confronted in faculties and society at large.

Contributors to this quantity supply a old evaluate of ways many languages categorized as inferior, minority, or just savage were attacked and driven to the margins, discriminating opposed to and trying to silence the voice of these who spoke and proceed to talk those languages. extra, they reveal the way in which and the level to which such activities have affected the cultural existence, studying procedure, id, and the subjective and fabric stipulations of linguistically and traditionally marginalized teams, together with scholars.

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