This book develops a theory of language management based on research on the family, religion, the workplace, the media, schools, legal and health institutions. Bernard Spolsky defines language management as “an attempt by some person or As Spolsky points out, his domain-based approach departs from the tr. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Bernard Spolsky, Language management | SpolskyBernard, Language management. New York: Cambridge University.

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Language Management by Bernard Spolsky

The Spolsky’s definition of language management suggests that it should be a languaye substitute for the term ”language planning” cf. In the interwar period, attempts were made to blend Czech and Slovak, mutually intelligible languages, into a national language.

The conclusion of Chapter 2 is similarly simple: Bernard Spolsky has conducted and published research in language testing, second language learning, computers in the humanities, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and managemdnt policy. From this follows that simple language management can include not only self-correction but also correction by others cf.

Bernard Spolsky reviews research on the family, religion, the workplace, the media, schools, legal and health institutions, the military and government.

On the other hand, detailed information on language management from many settings around the world makes up most of the content and the book is not demanding in terms of theoretical concepts used; therefore, it could be welcomed by secondary school and undergraduate students interested in languabe language and language use are regulated in s;olsky parts of the world. Amber added it Oct 06, Third, the Czech Republic was not set up with the break-up of the Soviet Union Therefore, there might be a gap between empirical facts and the author’s selection and delimitation of the domains.


To sum up, although the book presents many issues relevant to a given problem area, it does not deal theoretically with their nature and, what is most ebrnard, with how and why various phenomena relate to each other.

The following passage from pagesection ”Civil rights”, can be quoted as an example: Secondly, the author does not make clear why simple language management should concentrate on issues of language cultivation, when self-corrections, including replacement of an item from language A for an item from language B in bilingual speech, or a decision to take a course in a foreign language are managemsnt instances of simple language management and involve language variety choice.

However, the information on the settings and events I happen apolsky be familiar with contain many factual errors. Some of these choices are the result of management, reflecting conscious and explicit efforts by language Chapter 6, ”Language policy in schools,” focuses especially on the school domain participants, types of bilingual education, other language teaching, and several language management tools in schools i.

He thus refers to Jernudd’s and Neustupny’s language management theory, but leaves the relationship of his conception to theirs unclarified.

Neustupny Jernudd and Neustupnycf. He has written several books for Oxford University Press: No information on the organization of the chapter is provided, despite the section’s title: Spolsky explicitly refrains from including simple language management in his theorizing because, as he claims, ”one must either guess the implicit motivation of the surface behaviour or carry out a post-event interview [ In addition, Spolsky argues that language management, beliefs and practices influence each other within individual domains and across domains.


Spolsky, however, does not lsnguage into these nuances of social interaction, as he does not treat or describe language management as social interaction in general. Fitri rated it liked it Dec 26, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Books by Bernard Spolsky. Garvin; appendix to Garvin, P. Despite the fact that the author decided to ”pass over” the topic of manabement language management, he nevertheless includes it in the final chapter.

Mulham marked it as to-read Aug 14, Liudmyla Beraud marked it as to-read Aug 15, Language policy is all about choices.

Language Management

These and other pieces of incorrect information show that the author of the book has not treated his data and sources carefully. Thus, Chapter 2, ”Managing language in the family,” deals with the family domain, and Chapter 3, ”Religious language policy,” with language management in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other religions. A model is developed that recognises the complexity of language management, makes sense of the various forces involved, and clarifies why it is such a difficult enterprise.

The same law added that in the Czech wpolsky ”the administration should, as a rule, take place in Czech, and in Slovakia, as a rule, in Slovak” Law No.