ERIC Number: EJ1116458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Questions for Bernard Spolsky
McCarty, Teresa L.
Language Policy, v15 n4 p475-483 Nov 2016
This essay is based on a June 2014 interview with Bernard Spolsky, in which he discussed his life with educational linguistics. A self-described "accidental professor," Spolsky directed the first study of Navajo sociolinguistics, established educational linguistics as a field of study and practice, co-created a national language policy for Israel, conducted seminal language surveys of Maori and Samoan in support of Indigenous language revitalization efforts, and founded this journal. In the context of this work he has published 240 scholarly articles and book chapters and 35 books, including 66 "Recent Publications" written post-retirement. His recent work returns to his original interest in Jewish sociolinguistics. This article considers Spolsky's remarkable legacy and his continuing contributions to the field of language planning and policy.
Descriptors: Interviews, Sociolinguistics, Profiles, Indigenous Populations, Surveys, Language Maintenance, Navajo, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Foreign Countries, Jews, Public Policy
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Identifiers - Location: Israel