Language Policy

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 161–186 | Cite as

Planning Language Practice: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Language Policy in Post-Communist Estonia



Through the analysis of the development of the current thick, explicit and control-oriented language policy in Estonia, the article argues that this policy cannot meet the future challenges of globalization and modernization of Estonian society, where the Estonian language has to create the basis for common sphere of information for both Estonians and non-Estonians.


Estonia globalization language ideology language policy language practice linguistic integration modernization national minorities nationalizing state Russian-speaking minority second language acquisition sociolinguistics 



The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic


Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe


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The article was prepared in the framework of research grant “Changing Collective Identities in the Context of Estonian Movement into the Global Space” financed by Estonian Science Foundation (Grant No. 5845).

I would also like to express my gratitude to the three anonymous reviewers of the manuscript for their comments.


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