Summary This book provides an overview of and case studies on the way governments deal with societal multilingualism in countries such as Belgium and Switzerland in comparison to South Africa. It focuses on language policy and language legislation. For lecturers only Click here to order your desk copy.
Introduction PART I: Multilingualism and government in Belgium 1 Belgium: from a unitary to a federal state 2 The Belgian language law in administrative matters 3 The Council of State (Administrative Court) and the Permanent Commission of Linguistic Control 4 The organisation of the Brussels-Capital Region 5 The German-speaking Community in Belgium 6 The Court of Arbitration PART II: Multilingualism and government in two other European countries 7 Language policy in multilingual Switzerland 8 Multilingualism and language policy in Luxembourg PART III: Multilingualism and government in South Africa 9 South Africa: from two to eleven official languages 10 On the directives concerning language in the South African Constitution 11 The National Language Service and the new language policy 12 The mission and activities of the Pan South African Language Board 13 Towards a Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities 14 Public policy and African languages: the case of isiZulu PART IV: Nation-building and language building 15 Serb, Croat, Serbo-Croat: what's in a name? 16 Why the Nguni and the Sotho languages in South Africa should be harmonised
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