Introduction

Introduction ALBERT F. VERDOODT and SELMA K. SONNTAG This is the second issue that the General Editor of this Journal has devoted to the various research endeavors on the sociology of language in Belgium. The first, which appeared in 1978, was essentially the product of Belgian authors and primarily alluded to the efforts of Belgian politicians in establishing the linguistic communities and economic regions. Since then, these political institutions have come into being. The only point of consensus to emerge from this experience is that there is now a certain amount of confusion. Hence, this is a particularly opportune time to solicit analyses from foreign experts who are well acquainted with Belgium: two Canadians (Aunger and Covell), two North Americans (Murphy and Sonntag), and one Portugiese (Marques Balsa). This opportuneness is accentuated by the difficulties that seem to pervade scholarly exchanges between social science researchers from the different linguistic communities in Belgium, äs noted by the political scientist, Xavier Mabille (1990: 218). In addition to the contributions of foreign experts, at the request of the General Editor, we have also included reviews of two recent Belgian publications appearing in a language other than English. It has already been 20 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the Sociology of Language de Gruyter

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 1993 by the
ISSN
0165-2516
eISSN
1613-3668
DOI
10.1515/ijsl.1993.104.5
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Abstract

ALBERT F. VERDOODT and SELMA K. SONNTAG This is the second issue that the General Editor of this Journal has devoted to the various research endeavors on the sociology of language in Belgium. The first, which appeared in 1978, was essentially the product of Belgian authors and primarily alluded to the efforts of Belgian politicians in establishing the linguistic communities and economic regions. Since then, these political institutions have come into being. The only point of consensus to emerge from this experience is that there is now a certain amount of confusion. Hence, this is a particularly opportune time to solicit analyses from foreign experts who are well acquainted with Belgium: two Canadians (Aunger and Covell), two North Americans (Murphy and Sonntag), and one Portugiese (Marques Balsa). This opportuneness is accentuated by the difficulties that seem to pervade scholarly exchanges between social science researchers from the different linguistic communities in Belgium, äs noted by the political scientist, Xavier Mabille (1990: 218). In addition to the contributions of foreign experts, at the request of the General Editor, we have also included reviews of two recent Belgian publications appearing in a language other than English. It has already been 20

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International Journal of the Sociology of Languagede Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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