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Prestige from the bottom up : a review of language planning in Guernsey.

Sallabank, Julia Margaret (2005) Prestige from the bottom up : a review of language planning in Guernsey. Current issues in Language Planning, 6 (1). pp. 44-63. ISSN 1466-4208

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Abstract

This paper discusses language planning measures in Guernsey, Channel Islands. The indigenous language is spoken fluently by only 2% of the population, and is at level 7 on Fishman’s 8-point scale of endangerment. It has no official status and low social prestige, and language planning has little official support or funding. Political autonomy has not increased the language’s status or stopped intergenerational transmission from declining. Most language planning initiatives are very small-scale and are undertaken by pressure groups or individuals, who focus on social prestige at grass-roots level rather than official status. The likelihood of success of current efforts is evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Current issues in Language Planning
Uncontrolled Keywords: endangered languages ; revitalisation ; status ; prestige ; planning ; attitudes
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 8360
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 18 Apr 2008 13:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8360

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