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Lim, Lisa – AILA Review, 2009
This paper considers the real mother tongues of Singapore, namely the Chinese "dialects" and Singlish, the linguistic varieties which, respectively, arrived with the original immigrants to the rapidly developing British colony, and evolved in the dynamic multilingual ecology over the decades. Curiously these mother tongues have been…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Sanctions, Dialects, Official Languages
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Li, David C. S. – AILA Review, 2009
Despite the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) government's determination to implement the "mother tongue education" policy amid strong social resistance one year after the handover, English remains a prestigious language in society. The need for Putonghua (Mandarin/Standard Chinese) is also increasing following ever-expanding…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Feng, Anwei – AILA Review, 2009
This paper starts with an overview of the sociolinguistic context and a series of policy documents concerning English language education promulgated recently in China. It moves on to an analysis of disparities in English language education policies practised in different regions, differences between urban and rural areas, between social classes…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Linguistics, Rural Urban Differences, Foreign Countries
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Hino, Nobuyuki – AILA Review, 2009
This paper explores the ambivalent nature of Japanese attitudes toward English vis-a-vis the Japanese language, followed by a discussion of Japanese efforts in incorporating the concept of English as an International Language (EIL) into their educational system and teaching practice as a solution to this dilemma. While the Japanese have an…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Communication (Thought Transfer), Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Bruthiaux, Paul – AILA Review, 2009
In any discussion of multilingual Asia, caution is in order, for two reasons. One is that Asia is a vast land mass connecting variegated peoples cartographically but not sociologically. Second, describing and accounting for the sociolinguistic complexities of Asia (or anywhere else, for that matter) is history in the making in that, just like…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Models, Multilingualism
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Cenoz, Jasone – AILA Review, 2008
This paper focuses on the use of Basque as the language of instruction. In the first part of the article the situation of Basque in the Basque Country is briefly described and the different possibilities regarding the language(s) of instruction are explained: model A with Spanish as the language of instruction and Basque as a subject; model B with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Languages, Language of Instruction, Bilingual Education
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Vila i Moreno, F. Xavier – AILA Review, 2008
The territories where Catalan is traditionally spoken as a native language constitute an attractive sociolinguistic laboratory which appears especially interesting from the point of view of language-in-education policies. The educational system has spearheaded the recovery of Catalan during the last 20 years. Schools are being attributed most of…
Descriptors: Romance Languages, Language of Instruction, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Lewis, W. Gwyn – AILA Review, 2008
In Wales, bilingual education in Welsh and English has an increasingly high profile and Wales shares international leadership of bilingual education policies and practices alongside other countries where bilingual education flourishes. Ever since the first designated Welsh-medium primary school was opened in 1939, Welsh-medium and bilingual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingual Education, Welsh, English
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Cenoz, Jasone; Gorter, Durk – AILA Review, 2008
Research on minority languages is ordinarily not well known by speakers of "big" languages but it has focused on several areas of Applied Linguistics and it is relevant to many areas. This current volume of "AILA Review" features five articles. Each of the articles emphasizes some aspects of research, depending on the recent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Applied Linguistics, Language Minorities, Language Usage
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Gorter, Durk; van der Meer, Cor – AILA Review, 2008
This paper focuses on the position and development of the Frisian language in the educational system in Friesland. It discusses the achievements and the research results of special projects in bilingual and trilingual schools. It gives an overview of the language proficiency, attitudes and the new challenges of the education system. The Frisian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Bilingual Education, Educational Development
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Harris, John – AILA Review, 2008
Although the vast majority of people in Ireland have at least some knowledge of Irish, only a small minority speak it as a community language (in Gaeltacht areas in the west) or in the more widely dispersed Irish-speaking households in the large English speaking area. Primary schools have had a central role in language revitalisation since the…
Descriptors: Irish, Language Maintenance, Elementary Schools, School Role
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Ammon, Ulrich – AILA Review, 2007
This volume is about the role of different languages in science and scientific communication, with the focus on the status and function of entire languages like English, Chinese, Russian, etc. and not on structural details of these languages--following the distinction between status and corpus in language planning. However, the latter, i.e. corpus…
Descriptors: Language Role, Language Usage, Language Planning, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Van Parijs, Philippe – AILA Review, 2007
In science and in all other domains that require communication across borders, we need one lingua franca, and this lingua franca will be English. The adoption of the native language of some as everyone's lingua franca unavoidably raises a problem of justice in various senses. One of these is cooperative justice, the fair distribution of the cost…
Descriptors: English, Official Languages, English (Second Language), Language Usage
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Gazzola, Michele; Grin, François – AILA Review, 2007
The comparison between various language policies that aim to manage multilingual communication ought to rely on some robust methodology for evaluation. This paper discusses the possibility to found such a methodology on the well-established concepts of efficiency and fairness. Assessing efficiency implies comparing how resources are allocated…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Resource Allocation, Communication Strategies, Policy
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Coulmas, Florian – AILA Review, 2007
The author is not used to writing on assigned topics and does not intend to deviate from this principle in future, but since he is in various ways indebted to the editors of this special issue, he could not very well turn down their request to contribute to their endeavour. The author has therefore consulted two experts in the field, F. and C.,…
Descriptors: English, Monolingualism, Scientific and Technical Information, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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