Discursive Approaches to Policy

  • Francis M. HultEmail author
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education book series (ELE)


What is today recognized as a discursive approach to policy might appear to be a fashionable innovation; however, it has been cultivated over time as the field of language planning and policy (LPP) has matured. This contribution traces the early foundations of an approach to LPP that focuses on the interplay between human agency and societally circulating (language) ideologies. It examines work that has focused on national policies as well as research focused on policy in practice, including how language practies can be understood as de facto language policy. Challenges related to making connections between policy and practice are also discussed. Finally, future prospects for researching language policy with a discourse analytic orientation are considered.


Discourse Ethnography Ideology Language policy Language planning Practice 


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  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden

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