11 Beyond conflict

Introduction

In relating language to the matter of conflict in ecological context there is an obligation on the author in determining, in an applied manner, the means of transcending the inimical effects of conflict on linguistic vitality. It should be emphasised that one is not seeking to delineate a universal model which may be applied to all situations of language in conflict, for as has been pointed out elsewhere (Nelde et al., 1992: 389) no such model could be reasonably brought into existence. Rather, it is intended to indi-cate a framework, or a set of procedures, which enable the prevention, management and resolution of conflict with specific reference to language interests. At this point in the study, therefore, it ...

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