Introduction : why are discursive approaches to language policy necessary?

Elisabeth Barakos, Johann W. Unger

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This volume is a series of explorations of language policy from a discursive perspective. Its chief aim is to systematically explore the interconnectedness of language policy and discourse through what we are terming ‘discursive approaches to language policy’ (DALP). We show that language policy is a multilayered phenomenon that is constituted and enacted in and through discourse (which is defined more closely in Sect. 1.2). Language policy is a fast-growing, vibrant, and interdisciplinary field of inquiry that offers a variety of theoretical frameworks, methodologies, analytic approaches, and empirical findings: the framing sections at the beginning of each part of this volume and the commentary at the end frame the discussion of developments in language policy and especially the role of DALP therein.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscursive approaches to language policy
EditorsElisabeth Barakos, Johann W. Unger
Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-53134-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-53133-9
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2016


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