[Рец. на: / Review of:] D. Smakman, P. Heinrich (eds.). Urban sociolinguistics: The city as a linguistic process and experience. London: Routledge
Bilingual education including, on the one hand, access to dominating language, and, on the other, - teaching in minority languages or teaching only languages themselves at school is an important part of language politics of a state. In many regions we observe a paradoxical situation: school education does not promote acquisition of a disappearing language, though it is highly valued by members of community. The article considers features of teaching minority languages at school in the Russian Federation on two examples - Nivkh and Kalmyk. Interviews with parents, pupils, former pupils and teachers allow to describe teaching native language at school as a procedure of maintaining identity of community.
The article is the review of the scientific journal "Language Policy" of Springer publishing house that is especially interesting for scientists, students, experts and politicians working in the field of applied linguistics, language policy, sociolinguistics and language education.
The journal relies on Cooper's ideology [Cooper, 1989], adding a third key area (language education) to the traditional components of language policy (the form of the language and its status).
The history, ideology, subjects and research methods of the journal will be discussed in the review, paying a special attention to the key figures of the editorial board. Moreover, two short reviews of the most cited articles in the last three years will be provided, namely: "Thinking about language:what political theorists need to know about language in the real world" (Thomas Ricento) and "De-politicizing language:obstacles to political theory’s engagement with language policy" (Peter Ives).
The author considers new tendencies in national languages development during globalization epoch, reveals the connection between socio-cultural and socio-linguistic changes and swift distribution of modern information technologies and pays special attention to the necessity of taking measures on languages protection from the destructive factors accompanying globalization process with the purpose of language variety preservation in the world and guaranteeing nations cultural traditions continuity.