Language & Liberation: Creole Language Politics in the Caribbean
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Language & Liberation: Creole Language Politics in the Caribbean

By Hubert Devonish
US$ 25.00
Book Description

One of the original stated aims of Language and Liberation was to explain the language question to those involved in the fight to free the population of the Creole speaking Caribbean from extemal political and economic control. The other was to provide a historical, political and socioeconomic context within which supposedly value-free official language policies and practices could be understood. Both these aims remain relevant twenty years later. The context within which official language policy operates has however become more complex both internationally and within the Caribbean. The new chapter, "The Historical Present", written specially for this updated edition addresses this.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Caribbean Language Series
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments and Introduction to the First Edition
  • 1 • The Language Question and Human Society: a historical perspective
  • diglossia and official language policy in pre-capitalist societies
  • diglossia and official language policy in the formation of developed capitalist societies
  • diglossia and official language policy in the evolution of human societies: a theory
  • conclusion
  • 2 • The Language Question and Socialist Transformation: an analysis
  • the language question in the Soviet and Chinese revolutions
  • the language question in an ex-colonial society: the case of Tanzania
  • towards a democratic and decentralized official language policy
  • 3 • Creole Languages in the Caribbean: a historical view
  • language and the socio-economic order in Caribbean plantation slave society
  • the case of Haiti
  • the pre- and post-emancipation periods in the rest of the Caribbean
  • 4 • Popular Struggles and the Creole Language Question: the contemporary situation • ‧I
  • the case of Haiti
  • the case of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao
  • the case of Surinam
  • St. Lucia and Dominica
  • Guadeloupe
  • 5 • Popular Struggles and the Creole Language Question: the contemporary situation • ‧II
  • introduction
  • the legal system
  • the mass media
  • the political system
  • the education system
  • the Caribbean lexicography project
  • an analysis within a theoretical framework
  • 6 • Language Reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean: recommendations
  • some general principles
  • the planning and development of Caribbean English lexicon Creoles
  • implementation of the use of Creole in official domains
  • conclusion
  • 7 • Language and Revolutionary Transformation in the Caribbean: the case of Guyana
  • language as ideology in Guyana
  • what is to be done?
  • how is it to be done?
  • conclusion
  • 8 • National Liberation and the Creole Language Question: a conclusion
  • the Nicaraguan experience
  • official attitudes to language in revolutionary Grenada
  • official language policies in Grenada
  • language practices
  • Camp Fedon - topic 25 February 17th 1980: the need for ‘political concousness’
  • conclusion
  • 9 • The Historical Present • Taking the Long View : the international context
  • ‘conquest’ diglossia
  • future in the past: the Karina model
  • a sign of things to come
  • neo-colonial language, nation and state
  • nationalising language and nation
  • nationalising the state
  • nationalising language education policy and practice
  • Creole or indigenous?
  • References
  • Index
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