Language policy and critical discourse studies: towards an integrated approach

Elisabeth Barakos

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This chapter offers a framework for combining critical language policy with critical discourse studies (CDS) to analyse language policy as a process in the context of minority language policy in Wales. I propose a discursive approach to language policy, which starts from the premise that language policy is constituted, enacted, interpreted and (re)contextualised in and through language. This approach extends the critical language policy framework provided by Shohamy (Language policy: hidden agendas and new approaches. Routledge, London, 2006) and integrates perspectives from the context-sensitive discourse-historical approach in CDS. It incorporates discourse as an essential lens through which policy mechanisms, ideologies and practices are constituted and de facto language policy materialises. This chapter argues that conceptualising and analysing language policy as a discursive phenomenon enables a better understanding of the multi-layered nature of language policy that shapes the management and experience of corporate bilingualism in Wales.
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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