Language Policy Discourses: Interventions and Intersections

Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl

in Language and Social Change in Central Europe

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748635986
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671472 | DOI:
Language Policy Discourses: Interventions and Intersections

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The focus in this chapter is on the complex ‘layering’ of language policy – an exploration of the multiple levels at which language policies are formulated and the conflicts between them, from supranational EU and transnational corporate/commercial strategies promoting multilingualism in various forms, through national domestic and foreign cultural policies continuing to foster the idea of ‘national’ languages, to local-level lobbying of indigenous and migrant minority groups – and on the ways in which these policies/policy discourses impact on individual and collective lives by creating particular kinds of space.

Keywords: Language policy; Multilingualism; National languages; Hungary; Czech Republic; European Union

Chapter.  21156 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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