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Sallabank, Julia (2005) 'Prestige From the Bottom Up: A Review of Language Planning in Guernsey.' Current Issues in Language Planning, 6 (1). pp. 44-63.

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This paper discusses language planning measures in Guernsey, Channel Islands [as at the time of writing in 2005]. 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: Journal Article
Additional Information: Republished in Liddicoat, A. J. and Baldauf, R. B. Jr. 2008. Language Planning in Local Contexts. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Keywords: language planning, language revitalisation, minority languages
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
ISSN: 14664208
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 15:18

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