Language, Economy and Society

The Changing Fortunes of the Welsh Language in the Twetieth-Century

John Aitchison and Harold Carter

Language, Economy and Society
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John Aitchison and Harold Carter

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171 pages | 9-3/5 x 7-3/10 | © 2000
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780708315521 Published February 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

In this new edition the authors present new sets of language data both for individuals and for households in Wales and examine the impact of migration on the language, the relationship between social class and ability to speak Welsh, and the bases for the reproduction and maintenance of the language within the context of the family. The final chapter considers the prospects for the language in the light of new political and institutional developments (including the National Assembly for Wales), recent planning issues (most notably housing) and developments in the critically important field of education.

This book is an essential reference source for those concerned with the changing status and vitality of the Welsh language and of other minority languages in Europe. It provides a framework and a factual context in which to set such issues as language planning and policy formulation at local and national levels.

Journal of Economic and Social Geography

“. . . clearly written.” –Journal of Economic and Social Geography


1. Language and Ethnicity
2. Mapping the Welsh Language
3. The Welsh Language and its Development: A Historical Overview
4. The Critical Years: Language Change 1891–1981
5. The Welsh Language in the 1980s: A Decade of Mixed Blessings
6. The Welsh Language in 1991
7. Migration, Social Status and Household Structures
8. Reversing Language Shift: Prospects for the Language in the New Millennium

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