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Rose, Heath; Conama, John Bosco – Language Policy, 2018
Linguistic imperialism--a term used to conceptualize the dominance of one language over others--has been debated in language policy for more than two decades. Spolsky (Language policy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004), for example, has questioned whether the spread of English was a result of language planning, or was incidental to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Language Usage, Public Policy
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Shulist, Sarah – Language Policy, 2018
This paper examines the implications and implementation of official language policy designed to support endangered Indigenous languages in the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil. The policy, in place since late 2001, declared three of the region's many Indigenous languages (Nheengatú, Tukano, and Baniwa) to be…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language Maintenance, American Indian Languages, Official Languages
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Groff, Cynthia – Language Policy, 2017
This article explores India's linguistic diversity from a language policy perspective, emphasizing policies relevant to linguistic minorities. The Kumaun region of Utterakhand provides a local, minority-language perspective on national-level language planning. A look at the complexity of counting India's languages reveals language planning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Educational Planning, Multilingualism
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Oakes, Leigh – Language Policy, 2017
Building on the emerging notion of "normative language policy", this article seeks to contribute to the further development of an integrated framework for researching the ethics of language policy and planning. Using the case of minority language rights in France as an example, it demonstrates the benefit of combining context-sensitive…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language Minorities, Civil Rights, Geographic Regions
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Savski, Kristof – Language Policy, 2016
Contemporary analyses of language policy often tend to presume ideological uniformity, rather than focus on the contrasts between various positions, and the power struggles that those differences bring about. In this paper, I present an approach that implements the notion of voice in language policy analysis to denote the ideological positions and…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Power Structure, Discourse Analysis, Government Publications
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Dupré, Jean-François – Language Policy, 2016
This paper looks into failed attempts by the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) minority government (2000-2008) to alter Taiwan's Mandarin-dominated language regime by drafting law proposals recognizing the languages of all Taiwanese ethnic groups as equal national languages. This paper argues that the failure to enact language regime change in…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, Policy Formation, Foreign Countries
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Albury, Nathan John – Language Policy, 2016
Language policies are born amidst the complex interplay of social, cultural, religious and political forces. With this in mind, Bernard Spolsky theorises that the language policy of any independent nation is driven, at its core, by four co-occurring conditions--national ideology, English in the globalisation process, a nation's attendant…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language Minorities, Civil Rights, Indo European Languages
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Laihonen, Petteri – Language Policy, 2016
This study demonstrates how a single type of sign can be connected to language policy on a larger scale. Focusing on the relationship between language policy and language ideologies, I investigate the private Linguistic Landscape (LL) of Hungarians living in two villages in Slovakia. Through an examination of "beware of the dog" signs,…
Descriptors: Hungarian, Bilingualism, Language Planning, Slavic Languages
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Duncan, Daniel – Language Policy, 2016
The 1990s disintegration of Yugoslavia was marked by vicious ethnic conflict in several parts of the region. In this paper, I consider the role of policy towards the Albanian language in promoting and perpetuating conflict. I take three case studies from the former Yugoslavia in which conflict between ethnic Albanians and the dominant group…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Ethnic Groups, Intergroup Relations
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Meeuwis, Michael – Language Policy, 2015
When in 1908 the Belgian government took over the Congo from King Leopold II, a charter was drafted that would serve as a constitution-like statutory code for the new colony. Article 3 in this "Colonial Charter" dealt with language and linguistic rights. It epitomized the duality of language questions with which Belgium remained faced…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, Civil Rights
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Herath, Sreemali – Language Policy, 2015
As in many former colonies, language policy and planning in Sri Lanka has been largely shaped by and continues to be overshadowed by its history of colonial rule. Sri Lanka experienced colonization under three different western powers for over four centuries. This situation was further muddied by the three-decades long ethnic-based civil war which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Civil Rights, Language Planning, Ethnic Groups
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Schecter, Sandra R.; García Parejo, Isabel; Ambadiang, Théophile; James, Carl E. – Language Policy, 2014
A cross-national comparative study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Madrid, Spain examines educational policies and practices that target immigrant students for whom the language variety normally spoken in the host country represents a second dialect. Policy contexts and schooling environments of the two urban centres were analyzed to gain deeper…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Cross Cultural Studies
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Gandara, Patricia; Orfield, Gary – Language Policy, 2012
The United States is home to the largest number of immigrants of any nation (United Nations 2006). In 2005, 38.5 million residents of the U.S. were foreign born. As a result, an increasing number of children in the public schools are either immigrants or the children of immigrants: more than one of every five. Most of these children come from…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Court Litigation, Second Language Learning, Immigrants
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Schiffman, Harold F.; Weiner, Richard E. – Language Policy, 2012
Until recently, educational language policy in the US has been the chief site of contention about language, as seen in recent initiatives, referenda, and state constitutional amendments. Provision for drivers' licensing testing in languages other than English (LotE), on the other hand, has often exemplified what we call expedient language policy,…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Testing, Certification, Motor Vehicles
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Batterbury, Sarah C. E. – Language Policy, 2012
Sign Language Peoples (SLPs) across the world have developed their own languages and visuo-gestural-tactile cultures embodying their collective sense of Deafhood (Ladd 2003). Despite this, most nation-states treat their respective SLPs as disabled individuals, favoring disability benefits, cochlear implants, and mainstream education over language…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Sign Language, Bilingual Education, Deafness
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