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By Bernard Comrie

ISBN-10: 0415353394

ISBN-13: 9780415353397

This quantity positive factors over 50 of the world's languages and language households. The featured languages were selected in keeping with the variety of audio system, their function as reputable languages and their cultural and ancient significance. each one language is checked out intensive, and the chapters offer info on either grammatical good points and on salient gains of the language's heritage and cultural position.

This moment version has been up-to-date and revised. new languages, Amharic and Javanese, were incorporated.

This available quantity will entice somebody with an curiosity in linguistics.

Key features:
<UL> * Attention is paid to either grammatical and sociolinguistic features
* awareness is targeted at the world's significant languages
* Designed to be obtainable to all readers with an curiosity in language.
</UL>

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2), the term Québécois was re-evaluated as a positive symbol of identity, as noted by the sociologist Marcel Rioux in 1975: ‘Although the term always existed, it is only roughly in the last decade that Québécois has been re-evaluated to the point of becoming a sort of symbol of self-affirmation, self-determination and national liberation’ (M. Rioux 1990: 9). ) on the other (Frenette 2000: 326; Thériault 2000: 255; C. 1 In Quebec, the ‘territorialisation’ of identity was to set in motion the gradual ‘de-ethnicisiation’ of the Quebec nation.

Nguyen 1998: 103), these movements are weakening the nation-state from below. Such a threat was implied by the then Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pierre Pettigrew, when he described the intervention of what he termed ‘non-states’ as one of the main characteristics of globalisation, as opposed to internationalisation (Le Devoir, 2 September 2005). Indeed, Canadian federalists lament what they perceive as the decline of the Canadian nation, at the same time as they paradoxically try to convince Quebecers of the irrelevance of the Quebec nation in an era of globalisation.

5): the rise of neo-liberalism and the effect it has on the equity of citizens, accelerated human migrations, greater nationalist awareness amongst some minorities, and regionalism such as European integration that is perceived by some as a threat to the legitimacy of the nation-state (Heater 1999: 2–3). The new circumstances have naturally led to questions being raised about the criteria for belonging to a given society. Such concerns are not limited to ethnic and national minorities, but also to those groups that differ in terms of religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation.

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