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The Politics of Language in Australia

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521417945
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: May 28, 1993
  • Edition: 0
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.83 x 8.98 x 5.98 inches


This book traces language policy in Australia from World War II to the present, examining the changes in government policy over this time, and changes in major public institutions due to the presence of these languages. The major focus is on changes in the education and broadcasting systems, with attention also to interpreting/translating, industrial relations and the role of languages in diplomacy and trade. Dr. Ozolins places language in the context of multicultural politics and shows that government language policies that were once prompted by suspicion now accept and even encourage cultural and linguistic maintenance. In fact Australia has introduced many innovations of international significance in language policy, particularly with the National Language Policy, announced in 1987. This policy marked a decisive change in political assumptions toward languages in postwar Australia because it recognized the importance of languages other than English.

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