We publish books based on research from all over the world, from Australia to Estonia, Mozambique to Canada but recently we have published several books stemming from studies from the Nordic region. This month we’ve published Literacy Practices in Transition: Perspectives from the Nordic Countries edited by Anne Pitkänen-Huhta and Lars Holm. This book brings together Nordic researchers working on different aspects of literacy, multilingualism and the changing living and learning environments, and initiates and promotes critical research on literacy practices in the Nordic countries. The book challenges the current practice of standardising language and literacy education and calls for the development of language and literacy policies to be tailored to the needs of the individuals involved. Leena Helavaara Robertson of Middlesex University, UK calls the book “an essential read” and “an innovative book.” The book is being launched next week at the University of Jyväskylä.
In February 2013 we are also publishing Revitalising Indigenous Languages: How to Recreate a Lost Generation by Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Suvi Kivelä and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. This volume explores the Indigenous Aanaar Saami language (which has around 350 speakers) and cultural revitalisation in Finland. The book gives practical examples and a theoretical frame of reference for how to plan, organise and implement an intensive language programme. It is due to be published to coincide with the Sami National Day on 6th February 2013.
In the past few years we have also published the following books related to the Nordic region:
- Multilingual Urban Scandinavia edited by Pia Quist and Bente Ailin Svendsen
- Uniformity and Diversity in Language Policy edited by Catrin Norrby and John Hajek
- Language and Learning in the International University edited by Bent Preisler et al