Language Policy, Ideology, and Attitudes in English-Dominant Countries

Thomas Ricento

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199744084
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Language Policy, Ideology, and Attitudes in English-Dominant Countries


Many subfields within sociolinguistics have been influenced by developments in linguistics and social theory over the past half century. This has certainly been the case in the field of language policy and planning (LPP), which has incorporated new ways of thinking about language, society, and cognition, as evidenced by the published research in journals and books. This chapter considers the ways in which views on the nature of language, language ideologies, and language and identity have fundamentally altered the research agendas and foci in the field of LPP over the past several decades. It examines how these newer ways of understanding language in society have been applied to English-speaking countries, particularly with reference to North America.

Keywords: language nature; language ideologies; language and identity; LPP; North America

Article.  8235 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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