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Title: Language decline and nationalist resurgence in Wales
Author: Williams, C.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1978
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The study adopts a spatial perspective on language decline and nationalist resurgence. The early chapters present a discussion on the process of nationality-formation and assess the utility of current approaches to the study of nationalism. Chapters four and five focus on the social and spatial changes which have affected Welsh culture in the period 1891-1971, concentrating on patterns of language decline and the formation of institutional support mechanisms e.g. the Urdd, Welsh-medium education and religion. Chapters six and seven present a Principal Component Analysis of the correlates of Welsh culture change for the period 1961-71. Forty eight socio-economic, linguistic and political variables are defined by Local Authority Unit in order to measure their pattern of covariation, to construct distinct ecological contexts and to suggest the processes of change operative at this scale. Chapters eight and. nine discuss the political response to culture decline in an analysis of the development of Welsh Nationalism and the Welsh Language Society. The final three Chapters adopt a behavioural approach to test whether the processes inferred from the multivariate analysis could be demonstrated to occur at the micro scale. It was considered that a comparison of the aggregate attitudes of respondents drawn from three socio-cultural contexts in Gwynedd, and from five significantly different socio-cultural contexts throughout Wales could be used to support or refute the hypotheses under investigation. Practical policy suggestions related to Welsh language planning are suggested, along with other implications from the findings, in the conclusion.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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