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Language Policy provides a detailed overview of the theories, concepts, research methods, and findings in one accessible source. The author reviews the latest developments in research methods, and proposes new methodological, theoretical, and conceptual directions. This book provides guidance for doing language policy research and specific research projects are proposed. A major focus of the book is how language policies impact educational and community practices and how language policy researchers make connections between macro level language policy texts and discourses and micro level language practices in schools and communities.


Description

Language Policy provides a detailed overview of the theories, concepts, research methods, and findings in one accessible source. The author reviews the latest developments in research methods, and proposes new methodological, theoretical, and conceptual directions. This book provides guidance for doing language policy research and specific research projects are proposed. A major focus of the book is how language policies impact educational and community practices and how language policy researchers make connections between macro level language policy texts and discourses and micro level language practices in schools and communities.


Reviews

"This excellent book is simultaneously a history of the field, a survey of conceptual frameworks, a summary of major findings, and a crystal clear guide for doing research. Johnson's impressive ability to explain complex ideas – even those with which he disagrees – is aided by the user-friendly format, with highlighted definitions of key concepts and important quotations from major authors. Language Policy will be valuable for both graduate and advanced undergraduate students in language policy studies." - James Tollefson, University of Hong Kong
 
"Language Policy is a comprehensive and authoritative contribution to the field. It deals with all of the complexity and challenges of conducting research in LP while never losing sight of the fact that an important goal of LPP research is to promote social justice. The book provides a detailed analysis of the history of the field, research methods, examples of model projects, as well as critiques and limitations of methods and theories. In the end, this is a masterful account of an important field of scholarly inquiry rendered in clear accessible prose. This is a major contribution to the field of language policy and planning and should be required reading for serious scholars and practitioners in the language sciences." - Tom Ricento, University of Calgary, Canada
 
"This book is an important contribution and valuable addition to the study of LPP. [...] It is a relevant and very readable
book, which I read with pleasure and recommend without hesitation." Language and Education


Contents

General Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
PART I: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK: DEFINITIONS, THEORIES, AND CONCEPTS
1. What is Language Policy?
2. Theories, Concepts and Frameworks: An Historical Overview 
PART II: FINDINGS
3. Example Studies
4. Findings
PART III: RESEARCHING LANGUAGE POLICY
5. Research Aproaches and Methods
6. Discussion
7. Educational Language Policy Engagement and Action Research (ELPEAR)
8. Research Direction(s) and Model Projects
PART IV: RESOURCES
9. Further Resources
Index


Authors

David Cassels Johnson is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Iowa, USA. He was previously Assistant Professor at the College of Education, Washington State University. David specialises in critical sociolinguistics and language policy research, focusing on the interaction between language policies and educational opportunity for minority language users.