ERIC Number: ED214381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Social Psychology of Language: A Perspective for the 1980s. Focus, Number 5.
Lambert, Wallace E.
Social problems such as prejudice, discrimination, and societal unfairness are examined from the perspective of their association with language. Research in the psychology of language is reviewed with regard to these issues and with particular reference to the situation in Quebec. The first question addressed is the role that attitudes play both as determiners of the rate of acquisition of a second or foreign language and as outcome effects attributable to the degree of skill or lack of skill attained in the study of the other language. A second issue is the unfairness in educational systems and the connection with language styles and attitudes. The third topic addressed is the decline in interest in the study of foreign languages and the widespread immigration of speakers of other languages. A plan is proposed for sharing languages in the community rather than concentrating on language instruction in the schools. Finally, the demand for social and political independence on the part of cultural and linguistic minorities is looked at in relation to native and second language instruction. One conclusion is that those involved with the psychology of language need to turn their attention to broad sociopolitical issues that impinge on language in society. (AMH)
Descriptors: Bias, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnocentrism, Language, Language Attitudes, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning, Social Integration, Social Psychology, Sociolinguistics
InterAmerica Research Associates, Inc., National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, 1300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite B2-11, Rosslyn, VA 22209 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Arlington, VA.; InterAmerica Research Associates, Rosslyn, VA.
Note: Reprint of paper presented at the International Conference on Social Psychology and Language (Bristol, England, July 1979).