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ERIC Number: EJ822853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Rearticulating the Case for Micro Language Planning in a Language Ecology Context
Baldauf, Richard B., Jr.
Current Issues in Language Planning, v7 n2-3 p147-170 May 2006
Language planning is normally thought of in terms of large-scale, usually national planning, often undertaken by governments and meant to influence, if not change, ways of speaking or literacy practices within a society. It normally encompasses four aspects: status planning (about society), corpus planning (about language), language-in-education (or acquisition) planning (about learning), and (most recently) prestige planning (about image). When thinking about these aspects, both policy (i.e. form) and planning (i.e. function) components need to be considered as well as whether such policy and planning will be overt or covert in terms of the way it is put into action. Language policy and planning on this scale has dominated current work in the field. However, over the past decade language planning has taken on a more critical edge and its ecological context has been given greater emphasis, leading to an increasing acceptance that language planning can (and does) occur at different levels, i.e. the macro, meso and micro. This shift in focus has also led to a rethinking of agency--who has the power to influence change in these micro language policy and planning situations. Given this break with the dominant macro history, the question may be asked, is this developing notion of micro language planning and local agency actually language planning? If so, what are its parameters? Micro language planning studies are examined to illustrate trends in the literature. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 8 notes.)
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