Ernest Andrews (ed.): Language Planning in the Post-communist Era: The Struggles for Language Control in the New Order in Eastern Europe, Eurasia and China
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The book presents a series of country studies that give a historical account of “the evolution of the country’s ‘national’ language”, and, of language planning activities since the “start of the Perestroika reforms in the Soviet Bloc in the late 1980s” (p. 3) and in China. Each ends with a summary and looks ahead. This review focuses on “the New Order” era.
In his introductory chapter, the editor provides outlines for the chapters, although the outline for Romania has no corresponding chapter. The editor’s second chapter aims to “clarify certain aspects of language planning” (p. 37), with an addendum purporting to characterize language planning as a subject of study.
The first case discussed is China, which the editor describes as “post-communist” (p. 2) and the chapter author as “post-totalitarian” (p. 67), without clarifying the basis for these claims. Similarly, it is unclear on what the editor’s reference to China as having undergone a transition to democracy in the late 1980s (p....