Towards an Ecology of World Languages
June 2006, Polity
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- Calvet is a well-known figure in the area of sociolinguistics.
- Offers detailed overview and analysis of the social, political and economic contexts in which languages operate.
- Using numerous concrete examples, the book proposes an approach to human communication that focuses on the varying environments in which it is used.
- Calvet argues that what linguists call “languages” are in fact invented abstractions and instead offers a method of analysing human communication based on the contention that it is a social practice and that languages exist only insofar as they are used by the people who speak them.