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Language Policy

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 481–483 | Cite as

Winifred V. Davies and Evelyn Ziegler (eds.): Language Planning and Microlinguistics: From Policy to Interaction and Vice Versa

Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, 2015 xiv + 243 pp, Hb £63, ISBN 978 1 137 36123 3
  • Jonathan Kasstan
Book Review

This volume contributes to the language policy and planning (LPP) literature by focusing on the ways in which social actors interpret and appropriate policies in local contexts. What linguistic behaviour can be observed on the ground as a result of language policies; is there resistance, and how is this manifested? While LPP studies have tended to marginalise speakers at the micro-level in theoretical models, this volume situates speakers at the centre of its inquiry. It is also ambitious in its scope by attempting to bridge the various levels of LPP, with the overarching aim of exploring the ways in which the macro/meso-levels influence the micro level, and how micro-level behaviours and attitudes contribute to the creation, maintenance and/or modification of macro-level policies. The editors gather together empirical and theoretical contributions that combine both quantitative and qualitative methods. These contributions are separated somewhat arbitrarily into three sections:...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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